Hagermoser Puts on Impressive Display, Dawson Finishes Runner-up in Consolation Play
PRINCETON, N.J. – The Yale men's tennis team scored a handful of victories on the final day of the Princeton-Farnsworth Invitational, bringing to a close the squad's opening weekend of the fall season. Sunday's action at the Lenz Tennis Center saw the Bulldog fighting spirit come out in full force, with a freshman concluding a fine collegiate debut and two seniors engaging in three-set thrillers.
Senior captain Kyle Dawson took to the court Sunday morning to take on Ismael Dinia of Binghamton in the final of their consolation draw. Dawson started well, rolling through the first set. Dinia mounted a comeback, however, claiming the second set and sending the match to a deciding tiebreaker. In the end, Dinia emerged victorious, albeit narrowly, with Dawson making Dinia earn every point of his 1-6, 6-3, 1-0(8) victory.
Dawson's classmate, Patrick Chase, also found himself in a three-set match against Jake Whalley of Fairleigh Dickinson. After a close first two sets, Whalley took control of the third-set tiebreaker to record the 4-6, 6-3, 1-0(5) win.
A highlight of Yale's weekend at the Princeton-Farnsworth was undoubtedly Alex Hagermoser's trifecta of wins in his first event as a college player. In main draw play, Hagermoser gained a significant victory over a fellow Ivy League player by besting Princeton's El Mo Tonbario 6-5(4), 6-4. He then carried his momentum into his quarterfinal matchup against Akil Mehta of Buffalo, posting a 6-4, 6-1 win. In the semifinals, Hagermoser impressively won his fifth consecutive set when he claimed the first set of his match against Richard Pham of Columbia. A place in the final was not to be for Hagermoser, however, as Pham came back for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory.
Sunday saw Hagermoser take to the court yet again for an extra match against another home-court player, Florin Radu of Princeton. Fittingly, Hagermoser finished his weekend in style, notching another solid win against an Ancient Eight opponent. With the 6-3, 6-3 victory, Hagermoser finished his debut weekend with the most wins among Yale players.
Next up for the Bulldogs is the Ivy Plus Invitational, which Yale is hosting this coming weekend, starting Friday, Sept. 20.
A roundup of Yale's results from the Princeton-Farnsworth can be found below, and all final results for the tournament can be found here.
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity
Singles – Round of 16 (All Draws)
Alex Hagermoser (Yale) def. El Mo Tonbario (Princeton), 6-5(4), 6-4
Singles – Quarterfinals (All Draws)
Hagermoser (Yale) def. Akil Mehta (Buffalo), 6-4, 6-1
Singles – Semifinals (All Draws)
Richard Pham (Columbia) def. Hagermoser (Yale), 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
Singles – Consolation Finals (All Draws)
Singles – Extra Matches
Sid Hazarika (Binghamton) def. Jason Brown (Yale), 6-1, 6-1
Jake Whalley (FDU) def. Patrick Chase (Yale), 4-6, 6-3, 1-0(5)
Hagermoser (Yale) def. Florin Radu (Princeton), 6-3, 6-3