Bulldogs Nearly Unstoppable at Connecticut State Championships
Elis Fill All Four Singles Semifinalist Slots; Lu and Photiades Reach Doubles Final
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – On the middle day of the 2013 Connecticut State Championships, the Yale men's tennis team proved its depth of talent and its mettle with a devastating display of high-quality tennis. With Yale players appearing in every singles and doubles main draw match on Saturday at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center, the Bulldogs ended the day with four of their own in the singles semifinals and one team in the doubles final. By virtue of their successful performance Saturday, the Elis are primed to repeat the results of last year's tournament, in which Yale claimed both the singles and doubles crowns.
With five Yale doubles teams having advanced to the final eight on Friday, each quarterfinal match Saturday morning involved a Bulldog pairing. Junior Zachary Krumholz and sophomore Martin Svenning earned a semifinal berth with an 8-4 victory over Jacob Spreyer and Chris Toner of the University of Connecticut. Meanwhile, the first all-Yale encounter of the event was taking place, with freshmen Tyler Lu and Photos Photiades taking on their more experienced teammates, sophomore Jason Brown and senior Tommy Ratchford. Evenly matched, the two sets of teammates produced an entertaining set of tennis, but it was the freshman duo that ultimately claimed the 8-6 victory.
These quarterfinal results meant that a Yale team would feature in each of the two doubles semifinal matches. In the first one, the Bulldogs were not as fortunate, as the Fairfield duo of Cameron Amyot and Ian Tesmond narrowly defeated Krumholz and Svenning, 8-7. In the second semifinal, however, Lu and Photiades continued their run by upending Ryan Carr and Wayne Harrell of the University of Connecticut. Lu and Photiades will try to become the latest Yale team to claim victory at the Connecticut State Championships when they face Amyot and Tesmond in Sunday's final.
If Yale has placed itself in a good position to take the doubles crown, then it has put itself in a perfect position to clinch the singles title. All eight third round singles matches on Saturday involved a Yale player. Impressively, the Bulldogs went 6-2 in these matches. Lu continued his quest for his second singles title of the season with a 6-3, 6-5 win over Tesmond. Brown, Svenning, senior Patrick Chase and freshman Alex Hagermoser all recorded straight-set wins as well. Krumholz had the toughest time in his round of 16 match, but came away with perhaps the most satisfying victory, as he staged a comeback to knock out Eric Ambrosio of Quinnipiac, 3-6, 6-4, 1-0. Also finding himself engaged in a three-set battle was Photiades, whose resilient efforts were not enough to stop Fairfield's Ofir Solomon from winning the match in a tiebreaker.
With six Bulldogs in the singles quarterfinals, two all-Yale affairs inevitably resulted. The first, pitting Lu against Brown, last year's titlist, featured some scintillating tennis. Eventually, the freshman eliminated the defending champion, 4-6, 6-2, 1-0. In the other all-Yale clash, however, experience had its say, as Chase overcame Svenning, 6-3, 6-3. In the remaining quarterfinal matches, Krumholz managed to end Solomon's bid with a 6-4, 6-3 victory, and Hagermoser defeated Spreyer to notch his fourteenth win of the season.
These quarterfinal results mean that Yale players occupy all four semifinal slots, which of course guarantees that a Bulldog will claim the singles title. Lu and Photiades will do their best to ensure that Yale comes away with the doubles crown as well. Notably, all eighteen main draw matches played on Saturday—all eight round of 16 singles matches, all four singles quarterfinals, all four doubles quarterfinals and both doubles semifinals—involved one or more Yale players. Between both singles and doubles, the Bulldogs recorded fourteen victories Saturday (including Tommy Ratchford's 6-0, 3-6, 1-0 consolation win over Quinnipiac's Ryoma Haraguchi).
The doubles final will start at 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning at the Cullman-Heyman, with the singles semifinals slotted to begin soon thereafter. The singles final is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. start time.
Yale's Saturday 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 16
Tyler Lu (Yale) def. Ian Tesmond (Fairfield), 6-3, 6-5
Jason Brown (Yale) def. Sebastien Barbero (Quinnipiac), 6-0, 6-2
Jacob Spreyer (UConn) def. James Ratchford (Yale), 6-1, 6-0
Alex Hagermoser (Yale) def. Kei Ezaka (Quinnipiac), 6-2, 6-4
Zachary Krumholz (Yale) def. Eric Ambrosio (Quinnipiac), 3-6, 6-4, 1-0
Ofir Solomon (Fairfield) def. Photos Photiades (Yale), 5-6, 6-4, 1-0
Patrick Chase (Yale) def. Ryan Carr (UConn), 6-3, 6-3
Martin Svenning (Yale) def. Dennis Zlobinsky (Fairfield), 6-4, 6-3
Singles – Quarterfinals
Lu (Yale) def. Brown (Yale), 4-6, 6-2, 1-0
Hagermoser (Yale) def. Spreyer (UConn), 6-2, 6-3
Krumholz (Yale) def. Solomon (Fairfield), 6-4, 6-3
Chase (Yale) def. Svenning (Yale), 6-3, 6-3
Singles – Consolation Matches
Tommy Ratchford (Yale) def. Ryoma Haraguchi (Quinnipiac), 6-0, 3-6, 1-0
Wayne Harrell (UConn) def. T. Ratchford (Yale), 6-0, 6-1
Doubles – Quarterfinals
Cameron Amyot/Ian Tesmond (Fairfield) def. Daniel Faierman/Hagermoser (Yale), 8-6
Krumholz/Svenning (Yale) def. Spreyer/Chris Toner (UConn), 8-4
Lu/Photiades (Yale) def. Brown/T. Ratchford (Yale), 8-6
Carr/Harrell (UConn) def. Chase/Kyle Dawson (Yale), 8-6
Doubles – Semifinals
Amyot/Tesmond (Fairfield) def. Krumholz/Svenning (Yale), 8-7
Lu/Photiades (Yale) def. Carr/Harrell (UConn), 8-5