Bulldogs Power to Victory over Marist and Fairleigh Dickinson

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Martin Svenning. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Elis Improve Record at Home to 6-1

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's tennis team pulled double duty on Sunday by defeating Marist and Fairleigh Dickinson in a busy day at the team's home courts.  The Bulldogs started the day by completing a 6-1 victory over Marist and then consolidated with another comprehensive 5-1 triumph over Fairleigh Dickinson. 

The wins against Marist and Fairleigh Dickinson marked Yale's second and third victories of the weekend, respectively, as Yale prevailed 6-1 against Stony Brook on Saturday.  The Bulldogs claimed the doubles point in all three matches and went a combined 14-3 in singles.  This weekend's effort brings the Elis' current winning streak to six matches, with these last six wins all coming on home turf. 

The Bulldogs took the court on Sunday already having clinched a victory against Marist, as they won five singles matches on Saturday.  Marist offered stiff resistance, however, and freshman Tyler Lu's 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Lorenzo Rossi was Yale's only routine win of the match.  Complementing Lu's win was classmate Photos Photiades, who upended Joseph Dube 7-5, 6-2.  Playing at the No. 5 spot, doubles stalwart Patrick Chase showed his singles talent with a tight 7-6, 7-6 win over Fredrik Bjerke.  At No. 4 singles, sophomore Martin Svenning, who is steadily regaining the form that saw him earn a nomination for Ivy League Rookie of the Year last season, clinched with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 win over Dalen Klassen.  Junior Daniel Faierman, playing at the No. 3 position, also fended off a comeback from his opponent in a 6-2, 6-7, 10-7 victory.

On Sunday morning, the Elis completed the clash against Marist in convincing fashion with a pair of wins in doubles.  Photiades and Svenning teamed up at No. 1 doubles to defeat Rossi and Will Reznek, 8-2.  At No. 2 doubles, Lu maintained his winning ways by pairing together with classmate James Ratchford to record an 8-5 win over the Marist duo of Klassen and Trym Nagelstad.

Despite their packed schedule, the Elis never relented, as they got off to yet another quick start against Fairleigh Dickinson.  At No. 3 doubles, Yale's tandem of Faierman and freshman Alex Hagermoser began proceedings with an 8-2 win over the Fairleigh Dickinson duo of Diogo Garneau and Julien Phillipe.  Picking up the second doubles victory for the Bulldogs was their No. 1 team of Lu and Svenning.  For the eleventh consecutive time, Lu found himself on the winning end of a doubles match, as he and Svenning defeated Arvis Bervins and Gonzalo Quintana 8-5. 

After securing the doubles point, the Elis finished off the weekend with four straight-set victories in singles.  Hagermoser, Faierman, Photiades and Svenning all posted straightforward wins.  At No. 1 singles, Lu, ranked No. 114 in the country, suffered a rare loss, falling 6-4, 7-5 to Berzins.

After seven straight matches at home, Yale will now embark on its spring break trip to Wilmington, N.C., for the annual "Battle at the Beach".  The Bulldogs will face UNC Wilmington on Wednesday before taking on Binghamton on Friday and Central Florida on Saturday.

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity

Full results from both matches can be found on the ITA Results page here.