Yale Puts on Sterling Display on Opening Day of Connecticut State Championships
Bulldogs Go 8-1 in Singles, Undefeated in Doubles
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's tennis team could not have asked for a much better start to its campaign at the 2013 Connecticut State Championships. Playing Friday at home against opponents from local rival schools Fairfield, Hartford, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart and the University of Connecticut, the Elis recorded a combined total of 13 wins out of 14 singles and doubles matches on the day. Eight Bulldogs advanced to the third round of singles, while five Yale doubles teams booked their places in the quarterfinals.
The Elis had nine players entered into the singles draw to start the day, and by the time the last ball was struck Friday, eight Bulldogs remained in the draw. All nine original entrants received byes into the second round of the tournament. From there, seven members of the team completed fairly routine straight-set victories. Notably, freshman James Ratchford posted the first singles win of his collegiate career, taking out Ryan Wennberg of Sacred Heart, 6-4, 6-3. Ratchford's classmate, Alex Hagermoser, improved his season record to 12-4 with a straightforward 6-1, 6-0 win over Matt Dean of Sacred Heart. Sophomore Martin Svenning, a semifinalist at last year's event, commenced his quest for the title with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Patrick Sell of Quinnipiac. Also scoring second round triumphs were senior Patrick Chase, junior Zachary Krumholz and freshmen Tyler Lu and Photos Photiades. The lone exception to the straight-set norm was sophomore Jason Brown, who opened his title defense with a thrilling 6-5, 3-6, 1-0 victory over Chris Toner of the University of Connecticut.
The Bulldogs' success in singles may have been buoyed by their perfect sweep in doubles earlier in the day. As was the case with the singles bracket, all Yale doubles teams received byes into the second round. Chase, a doubles finalist last year, partnered with senior captain Kyle Dawson to defeat Dean and Justin Pagan of Sacred Heart, 8-4. The all-freshman duo of Lu and Photiades notched a win over Sell and Sebastien Barbero of Quinnipiac by the same score. Also, though he suffered Yale's lone loss in singles, senior Tommy Ratchford certainly did not go away empty-handed, as he and Brown crafted an 8-3 triumph over Andrew Ginzberg and Zac McEntee of the University of Connecticut. Finally, the Eli pairings of Hagermoser and junior Daniel Faierman and Krumholz and Svenning both impressed with 8-1 wins over their opponents.
All in all, Yale's success Friday sees the Bulldogs occupy half of the final 16 slots in the singles competition. In the doubles flight, the Elis' five wins on Friday mean that Yale tandems comprise more than half of the remaining teams in the draw. Indeed, the draw has already set up an all-Yale affair, one that will feature a stark contrast of fresh talent versus experience, as the freshman duo of Lu and Photiades takes on the sophomore-senior combination of Brown and Tommy Ratchford.
Saturday at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center will be pivotal as far as seeing what players will distinguish themselves as potential titlists. The doubles quarterfinals are scheduled to kick off at 10:00 a.m. and the singles round of 16 matches will start at approximately 11:30 a.m.
Yale's Friday results can be found below, and full updated draws can be found at the following links:
All matches at the 2013 Connecticut State Championships will be streamed live here.
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity
Singles – Round of 32 (Second Round)
Tyler Lu (Yale) def. Parker Goldstein (UConn), 6-2, 6-4
Jason Brown (Yale) def. Chris Toner (UConn), 6-5, 3-6, 1-0
James Ratchford (Yale) def. Ryan Wennberg (SHU), 6-4, 6-3
Alex Hagermoser (Yale) def. Matt Dean (SHU), 6-1, 6-0
Zachary Krumholz (Yale) def. Nick Sharwarko (Hartford), 6-2, 6-2
Ofir Solomon (Fairfield) def. Tommy Ratchford (Yale), 6-2, 6-2
Photos Photiades (Yale) def. Ryoma Haraguchi (Quinnipiac), 6-1, 6-3
Patrick Chase (Yale) def. James Cohen (UConn), 6-4, 6-1
Martin Svenning (Yale) def. Patrick Sell (Quinnipiac), 6-4, 6-2
Doubles – Round of 16 (Second Round)
Daniel Faierman/Hagermoser (Yale) def. Sharwarko/Morgan White (Hartford), 8-1
Krumholz/Svenning (Yale) def. Goldstein/Joshua Palmer (UConn), 8-1
Brown/Tommy Ratchford (Yale) def. Andrew Ginzberg/Zac McEntee (UConn), 8-3
Lu/Photiades (Yale) def. Sebastien Barbero/Patrick Sell (Quinnipiac), 8-4
Chase/Kyle Dawson (Yale) def. Dean/Patrick Pagan (SHU), 8-4