Familiar Slate of Tournaments Scheduled for Fall Season; Spring Stretch Includes 25 Regular Season Matches
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – As the Yale men's tennis team gears up for its 2013-14 season, it can already look forward to a host of challenging and exciting matchups. The fall portion of the season contains its usual parade of tournaments, with a couple of new additions, while the spring stretch pits Yale against a number of old and new opponents, culminating in the all-important Ivy League season in April.
The Bulldogs' season will kick off on Sept. 13 at a familiar event, the Princeton-Farnsworth Invitational, where they will immediately face opponents from fellow Ancient Eight schools as well as other top-notch schools. The Elis will then get a full taste of what it will take to win this year's Ivy League title at the Ivy Plus Invitational, a newer event on Yale's calendar.
After a busy September, October and November, the Bulldogs will have a break from competitive match play until the start of the second half of their season in January. The upcoming year marks the first time in five years that Yale has not played its opening regular season match at home, with the first two matches taking place in Virginia. Yale's regular season begins on Jan. 18 against Virginia Tech, and the team's first Ivy League match is on Apr. 5 against Penn.
The Yale squad is once again under the tutelage of Alex Dorato, Cary Leeds Head Coach of Men's Tennis. He is assisted by Christian Appleman. The team is led this year by captain Kyle Dawson and his classmates, Patrick Chase and Tommy Ratchford. The roster includes eight returning players and two incoming freshmen, Tyler Lu and Photos Photiades.
Here is a closer look at the Yale men's tennis 2013-14 schedule:
- The slate of events in the fall is similar to last year's lineup, with one notable addition: the Ivy Plus Invitational.
- Yale will host three events in the fall: the Ivy Plus Invitational, the United States Tennis Association (USTA)/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Championships and the annual Connecticut State Championships.
- There are 25 regular season matches, one more than last season. These include the seven Ivy League matches at the end of the season in April. The scrimmage against Brown on Jan. 20 does not count as an official regular season match.
- Of the 25 regular season matches, 15 will be against opponents Yale faced in the 2012-13 season. The eight non-Ivy repeat opponents are Binghamton, Fairfield, Fairleigh Dickinson, Marist, Old Dominion, St. John's, Stony Brook and UNC Wilmington. Yale had a combined 7-1 record against these eight opponents (the sole loss was to UNC Wilmington).
- Seven of the 25 matches are against more unfamiliar opponents: Bryant, Central Florida, Davidson, East Tennessee State, Fordham, Georgetown and Virginia Tech. Yale has not played any of these schools in the team's recent history.
- The remaining three matches on the spring calendar will take place at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships (the draw and matchups are yet to be determined).
- The Elis will make three out-of-state trips in the spring: to Blacksburg, Va., to face Davidson and Virginia Tech; to Cambridge, Mass., for the ECAC Championships; and to Wilmington, N.C., for the "Battle at the Beach" (Binghamton, Central Florida and UNC Wilmington).
- This season's Ivy League schedule includes three home matches and four away matches. The three home matches will be against Columbia, Cornell and Dartmouth (the latter being Senior Day). The four away matches will be against Penn, Princeton, Harvard and Brown (the latter being the final regular season match).
- The schedule is subject to change. Check yalebulldogs.com for updates.
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity