February 27, 2014

Elis Return to Action after Three-Week Break

Bulldogs Take on Old Dominion in Rematch of Last Year's Thrilling Encounter

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a three-week hiatus from competitive match play, the Yale men's tennis team will look to hit the ground running again when it faces Old Dominion this Sunday.  For their fourth consecutive match, the Bulldogs will have the home court advantage.  The match, which stands alone this weekend, is set to begin at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Three weeks ago, the Bulldogs put together a successful doubleheader Saturday with convincing victories over Fairfield and Georgetown at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center.  Now, having had time to rest, recover and prepare, the Elis are fresh and will look to play at their highest level against Old Dominion, an opponent that has played Yale close in recent seasons.  Last year, the Bulldogs faced the Monarchs at a neutral site in Wilmington, N.C., and the Elis had to dig deep for a 4-3 comeback victory.  In last year's match, Yale and Old Dominion were ranked only five spots apart, and this year, both teams go into the encounter unranked.  Old Dominion's lineup features Carlos Lopez Villa, the No. 56 singles player in the nation.  

The clash for the doubles point will likely be crucial in setting the tone for the match.  Freshman Tyler Lu is currently riding an eight-match winning streak in doubles, which bodes well for the Elis.  Senior captain Kyle Dawson, classmate Patrick Chase and junior Daniel Faierman have also played pivotal roles in the Bulldogs' doubles effort this season.  All four players will need to be on top of their game for Sunday's match.  Lu will also lead the way in singles, at the No. 1 position.  His classmates, Alex Hagermoser and Photos Photiades, will look to bring their talents to the court if called on for Sunday's match. 

Interestingly, despite just one year separating the two matches, in last season's comeback win over Old Dominion, only two players on the current squad—junior Zachary Krumholz and sophomore Martin Svenning—were in the singles lineup, while only Chase and Svenning took part in doubles.  With new faces and new talent, the Bulldogs will aim to put the Monarchs under pressure from the first ball this time around.        

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity

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