Yale to Host Inaugural Ivy Plus Invitational

Matt Saiontz and Martin Svenning. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Matt Saiontz and Martin Svenning. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Look to Bounce Back on Home Courts

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – With the Yale men's tennis team set to host the inaugural edition of the Ivy Plus Invitational this upcoming weekend, the squad can look forward to three days of playing on familiar territory as it looks to bounce back from a weekend of mixed results at the Princeton-Farnsworth Invitational.  The action will begin Friday at Yale's home courts, and play will continue into Saturday and Sunday.

A contingent of select schools will be competing in the Ivy Plus Invitational, a new event on the fall calendar.  In addition to Yale, these schools are Army, Binghamton, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Marist, Old Dominion, Penn, St. John's and UNC Wilmington.  Due to the quality of the competition and the many inter-school rivalries encompassed by this lineup, this weekend's event promises to be an exciting one.  The Bulldogs, for their part, will be eager to test their skills against some of their main rivals.

Captain Kyle Dawson will look to build on the momentum he gained from a pair of wins at the Princeton-Farnsworth tournament.  The resilient senior suffered a first round defeat in the main draw, only to find his range in the consolation bracket, earning two victories before dropping a close three-setter. 

The Ivy Plus Invitational will present the freshmen with their first opportunity to showcase their talent at home.  Alex Hagermoser shined at the Princeton-Farnsworth, picking up three wins, two of which came against Princeton opponents.  Hagermoser will head into the Ivy Plus Invitational aiming to maintain his impressive early form.  Tyler Lu also earned his maiden college win at the Princeton-Farnsworth.  James Ratchford, meanwhile, heads into this event having already picked up a victory in doubles alongside his brother, senior Tommy RatchfordPhotos Photiades rounds out the class of freshmen looking forward to the experience of playing in front of a home crowd for the first time.

Senior Patrick Chase is still searching for his first win of the season, as are Jason Brown, Daniel Faierman, Zachary Krumholz, Matt Saiontz and Martin Svenning.  All will be looking to earn that confidence-building win at the upcoming invitational.

The Bulldogs have traditionally played very well on home turf.  As a team, Yale started the spring stretch of the 2012-13 season with eight consecutive wins at home, and finished the season with a 10-2 record at home, which included wins over Brown and Penn.   

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity