Yale Overcomes Penn 4-2 in Ivy League Action

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Daniel Faierman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Doubles Point Proves Key; Faierman Clinches

PHILADELPHIA – The Yale men's tennis team scored its first Ivy League win of the season on Sunday in a 4-2 decision against Penn.  Playing at Penn's home venue, Yale stayed tough at the crucial junctures to wrestle away the match from the host team.  The Bulldogs captured the doubles point with two tiebreaker wins, and posted just enough singles wins to seal the victory. 

The victory marks the Bulldogs' first away win of the season, and moves Yale to a 1-1 conference record, having lost its only other Ancient Eight encounter so far to No. 60 Princeton on Saturday.  Against Penn, the Bulldogs found themselves in an early hole after the Quakers grabbed a win at the No. 2 doubles spot.  The Elis managed to turn the tide, though it was anything but easy.  At No. 1 doubles, freshman Tyler Lu and sophomore Martin Svenning needed a tiebreaker to defeat Nikola Kocovic and Matt Nardella.  The story was the same at the No. 3 spot, where the Yale duo of junior Daniel Faierman and freshman Alex Hagermoser edged the Penn tandem of Austin Kaplan and Thomas Spratt, 8-7.   

The clash for the doubles point turned out to be a critical juncture in the match, as Penn made Yale work hard for three singles victories.  The difference between the two teams came down to the outcome of just a few games.  Lu and Svenning did their part at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively.  Lu, the highest-ranked player on court Sunday at No. 98, rolled to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Kocovic.  Svenning claimed a 6-4, 6-3 win over Vim De Alwis.  Meanwhile, Penn picked up two points with wins at No. 4 and No. 6 singles.  With the score locked at 3-2 in favor of the Bulldogs, Faierman, playing at the No. 3 position, was in the midst of a strong comeback.  After losing a close opening set, he had stormed back to take the second set without the loss of a game.  The third set was as competitive as the first, but Faierman reversed the outcome and came away with the clincher.

Conference play continues next week when the Bulldogs return to their home courts on Saturday, Apr. 12, to face No. 46 Cornell.  This will be the first of Yale's three Ivy League home matches.  The second of these will take place on Sunday, Apr. 13, against No. 19 Columbia, the highest-ranked Ancient Eight squad. 

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity

Position  Yale University  University of Pennsylvania  Winner  Score
 #1 Singles  #98 Tyler Lu  Nikola Kocovic  Yale University  6-3, 6-2
 #2 Singles  Martin Svenning  Vim De Alwis  Yale University  6-4, 6-3
 #3 Singles  Daniel Faierman  Jeremy Court  Yale University  4-6, 6-0, 6-4
 #4 Singles  Kyle Dawson  Zach Katz  University of Pennsylvania  6-0, 6-2
 #5 Singles  Photos Photiades  Matt Nardella  Unfinished  4-6, 6-3, 5-0
 #6 Singles  Zach Krumholz  Blaine Willenborg  University of Pennsylvania  6-4, 6-4
 #1 Doubles  Tyler Lu
 Martin Svenning
 Matt Nardella
 Nikola Kocovic
 Yale University  8-7
 #2 Doubles  Patrick Chase
 Kyle Dawson
 Jeremy Court
 Zach Katz
 University of Pennsylvania  8-5
 #3 Doubles  Daniel Faierman
 Alex Hagermoser
 Austin Kaplan
 Thomas Spratt
 Yale University  8-7
 

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