April 3, 2014

Yale Kicks off Ivy League Season on the Road

Bulldogs Slated to Meet No. 60 Princeton and Penn

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's tennis team will get its Ivy League season underway this weekend with a pair of matches against No. 60 Princeton and Penn.  Having compiled an 11-4 record so far in the regular season, the Bulldogs are well prepared to make their mark against their perennial Ancient Eight rivals.  Both matches will be away encounters for the Elis.  Yale will challenge Princeton on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., and will then travel to Penn for a match on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

The Bulldogs have endured a busy schedule as of late, and their recent successes will likely provide them with confidence as they take on some of their most difficult opponents of the season.  This past weekend, Yale dropped its match against No. 62 St. John's before regrouping to claim 7-0 sweeps over both Bryant and Fordham.  Saturday's match against Princeton will be only the third away match of the season for Yale.  The Bulldogs are still looking for their first win on the road at a non-neutral site. 

Yale has secured the doubles point in 10 of its last 11 matches.  This bodes well for the squad's chances of success in conference play, since Ivy League encounters are often evenly-matched and come down to a one- or two-point difference.  The Elis will have to be on their game from the start, as Princeton fields the No. 45 team in the country of Augie Bloom and Jonathan Carcione.  At No. 1 doubles, freshman Tyler Lu and sophomore Martin Svenning have proven stalwarts for the Bulldogs, losing only twice through the 11 matches they played alongside one another this season.  Anchoring the Bulldogs' efforts will be the senior tandem of Patrick Chase and captain Kyle Dawson.  Rounding out the doubles lineup will be Yale's very capable No. 3 duo of junior Daniel Faierman and freshman Alex Hagermoser.  This talented pairing has distinguished itself by stringing together a nine-match winning streak.  

Lu, Yale's No. 1 player, remains at No. 98 in the national rankings.  He is currently riding a six-match winning streak heading into the Ivy season.  Faierman is also on a hot streak, having claimed his last five singles matches.  The remaining members of Yale's singles lineup, which include Svenning, junior Zachary Krumholz and freshman Photos Photiades, all recorded one or more wins at home this past weekend.  The Bulldogs will look to translate their recent triumphs into success against Penn, Princeton and their other Ancient Eight rivals.  

With several Ivy League squads ranked in the nation's top 75 teams, the conference season promises to be a scintillating one.  No. 19 Columbia currently leads the field, with No. 34 Harvard, No. 41 Dartmouth, No. 46 Cornell and Princeton lurking not too far behind.  Brown, Penn and Yale are all currently unranked, though the Bulldogs were ranked No. 68 just last week.  Though it will be difficult, the Elis will be eager to hoist the Ivy League trophy at the end of April.

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity