Elis Face Fairleigh Dickinson, Marist and Stony Brook at Home
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – In its first week of spring break, the Yale men's tennis team will once again hold the home court advantage when the squad takes on three different opponents this weekend. Over the course of Saturday and Sunday, the Bulldogs will challenge familiar rivals Fairleigh Dickinson, Marist and Stony Brook. The Elis will aim to extend their three-match winning streak. The action begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday when the Bulldogs take on Stony Brook. Later on Saturday at 4 p.m. Yale will commence singles play against Marist, with doubles to follow on Sunday morning starting at 9 a.m. After they complete their match against Marist on Sunday, the Elis will play Fairleigh Dickinson to finish off the weekend.
The last time the Bulldogs took to the court for match play, they notched a comprehensive 6-1 victory over Old Dominion. That victory was Yale's third-consecutive triumph, bringing the team to a 3-1 win-loss mark on home turf. Upon the completion of this weekend's slate of matches, the Elis will have contested seven straight matches at home.
The key to most of Yale's wins this season has been snatching the doubles point at the outset of the match. Freshman Tyler Lu has been pivotal to the Elis' performance in doubles, as he has been on the winning side of a completed doubles match eight straight times. Yale will also be able to rely on the always dependable veteran duo of Patrick Chase and senior captain Kyle Dawson at the No. 2 spot.
In addition to his streak in doubles, Lu has exhibited much singles prowess so far in his rookie season. The standout freshman's new national ranking of No. 114 is a testament to his excellent play. He has won 10 of his last 11 matches. Sophomore Martin Svenning, who earned a solid win at No. 2 singles in the match against Old Dominion, continues to work to regain the form that saw him earn a nomination for Ivy League Rookie of the Year last season. Anchoring the Elis' efforts in singles will be Dawson and junior Daniel Faierman, both of whom have picked up a handful of wins this season. Two talented freshmen, Alex Hagermoser and Photos Photiades, will also be looking to do their part.
History is on Yale's side this week, as the Elis defeated all three of their upcoming opponents last year. Across the span of two days, the Bulldogs powered past Fairleigh Dickinson 6-1 and then swept Marist and Stony Brook without the loss of a single point. The Elis will be gunning to replicate last year's results and gain some confidence-boosting wins as they enter a critical stage of the season.
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity