Elis Aim for Strong Finish at Connecticut State Championships

Kyle Dawson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kyle Dawson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Plays Host to State's Finest

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Having just taken part in the 2013 Northeast Regional Championships, the Yale men's tennis team is set for a quick turnaround with the annual Connecticut State Championships scheduled to begin on Friday.  For the third time this season, the Bulldogs will welcome a quality lineup of schools to their home courts.  This time, the competition will consist of Connecticut's finest collegiate talent.  In this final event on the fall calendar, the Elis will look to draw upon their successful history at this tournament to come out on top once again against their local rivals. 

The Yale team found itself completely in charge at the 2012 edition of the Connecticut State Championships.  After going 7-2 in singles and undefeated in doubles on the first day, the Bulldogs proceeded to claim all four semifinalist spots in both the singles and doubles draws.  From there, the tournament featured some scintillating intra-team competition. 

Sophomore Jason Brown emerged victorious in singles at last year's event, and in doing so, capped off an impressive rookie fall season.  Having lost in the first round of qualifying at the Northeast Regionals, Brown would like nothing more than to get back on track with a sterling defense of his state title.  Freshman Tyler Lu, who, along with junior Daniel Faierman, reached the third round of the main draw at the Regional tournament, will look to complement his singles title at this season's inaugural Ivy Plus Invitational with a victorious run this upcoming weekend.   

Also aiming for a strong finish to the fall season are freshman Alex Hagermoser and sophomore Martin Svenning.  Hagermoser will look to add to his solid win-loss record in singles, which currently stands at 11-4.  The talented Hagermoser qualified and then advanced to the second round of the Northeast Regionals main draw, no small feat for a freshman playing in his first Regional event.  Svenning, meanwhile, was a semifinalist at last year's Connecticut State Championships, and will be looking to advance even deeper this time around.  Junior Zachary Krumholz and freshman Photos Photiades are looking to regroup after having mixed results at the Northeast Regionals.  Senior Patrick Chase, freshman James Ratchford and senior Tommy Ratchford round out the list of Bulldogs who will be doing their utmost to finish their fall singles campaigns on a high note in front of the home crowd. 

Chase, who was a runner-up in the doubles flight at last year's Connecticut State Championships, alongside John Huang '13, will be looking to go one better at this year's event.  This time, he will be playing alongside senior captain Kyle Dawson.  Yale's other doubles pairings this weekend are Faierman and Hagermoser, Krumholz and Svenning, Brown and Tommy Ratchford and the freshman duo of Lu and Photiades. 

The tournament begins Friday at Yale's home courts and will continue into Saturday and Sunday.  All matches will be streamed live here.

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity