Lu Reaches Main Draw Final; Photiades and Chase Impress
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The second day of the Ivy Plus Invitational saw a number of high-quality contests at Yale's courts, with the home squad recording a number of important victories. Bulldogs from both ends of the age spectrum showed good form Saturday, with one freshman earning his first collegiate win and another gaining his first collegiate main draw final, while a senior prevailed in an all-Yale duel.
Freshman Tyler Lu maintained his scintillating run of form at the Ivy Plus, rolling past Alex Steinroeder of Harvard, 6-2, 6-1, in the semifinals of the 'B' draw. The win sends Lu into the final, where he will take on another Harvard player, Brian Yeung. Alex Hagermoser also contested his semifinal match Saturday, but the result came out in favor of his opponent, Sam Todd of Dartmouth. Still, it was yet another fine weekend of tennis from the freshman player. In consolation play, a third freshman on the team, Photos Photiades, picked up his first win as a college player, defeating Dartmouth's Cameron Ghorbani, 6-3, 6-2.
Junior Zachary Krumholz was also among those who posted victories in consolation play on Saturday, as he hung tough throughout his match to close out Binghamton's Frank Kote in two tight sets, 6-4, 6-5. In perhaps one of the more interesting matchups of the day, senior Patrick Chase took on his younger teammate, freshman James Ratchford. Chase managed to dictate play in the first set, winning it comfortably. Ratchford, however, was not to be deterred, and he admirably came back to win the second set in a tiebreaker. In the end, however, Chase's experience proved to be the difference and the veteran player won the all-Yale clash, 6-1, 5-6, 6-1.
The Elis also posted a pair of doubles wins on Saturday. Though Chase and Lu dropped their opening consolation match to Quoc Nguyen and Chris Vrabel of Cornell, 8-5, the two Bulldogs reversed this decision in their favor against Santtu Leskinnen and Karan Salwan of UNC Wilmington in a match that followed. Meanwhile, junior Daniel Faierman and Hagermoser paired together to notch Yale's third win of the day against an Ancient Eight opponent, as they overcame the Cornell duo of Kyle Berman and Dylan Brown, 8-4. Faierman and Hagermoser are set to play their consolation final on Sunday.
Sunday's action begins at 8:00 a.m. at Yale's home courts. In the event of inclement weather, matches will be moved into the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center.
Yale's Saturday results can be found below, and full updated draws from the Ivy Plus can be found here.
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity
Singles – Semifinals (All Draws)
Tyler Lu (Yale) def. Alex Steinroeder (Harvard), 6-2, 6-1
Sam Todd (Dartmouth) def. Alex Hagermoser (Yale), 6-1, 6-2
Singles – Consolation Matches (All Draws)
Elliot Hureau (Binghamton) def. Kyle Dawson (Yale), 6-3, 6-4
Brandon DeBot (Dartmouth) def. Daniel Faierman (Yale), 6-2, 6-3
Photos Photiades (Yale) def. Cameron Ghorbani (Dartmouth), 6-3, 6-2
Zachary Krumholz (Yale) def. Frank Kote (Binghamton), 6-4, 6-5
Brendan Tannenbaum (Dartmouth) def. Jason Brown (Yale), 6-4, 6-3
Patrick Chase (Yale) def. James Ratchford (Yale), 6-1, 5-6, 6-1
Doubles – Consolation Matches (All Draws)
Quoc Nguyen/Chris Vrabel (Cornell) def. Chase/Lu (Yale), 8-5
Chase/Lu (Yale) def. Santtu Leskinnen/Karan Salwan (UNCW), 8-5
Hureau/Kote (Binghamton) def. Dawson/James Ratchford (Yale), 8-3
Sam Lampman/Grant Riechmann (Army) def. Dawson/J. Ratchford (Yale), 8-1
Conor Haughey/Andrew Ball (Harvard) def. Brown/Tommy Ratchford (Yale), 8-4
Zvonimir Podvinski/Koen Wiggenmans (ODU) def. Brown/T. Ratchford (Yale), 8-6
Faierman/Hagermoser (Yale) def. Kyle Berman/Dylan Brown (Cornell), 8-4