NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The 2013-14 season is about to come to a close for the Yale men's tennis team, with the final match scheduled for Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Yale, ranked in seventh place in the Ivy League standings, will take on Brown, the eighth-ranked Ancient Eight squad. The Bears will host. A win for the Bulldogs will move them into a tie with Penn at No. 6 in the standings.
For senior captain Kyle Dawson and classmates Patrick Chase and Tommy Ratchford, Saturday's encounter will mark the end of four years' worth of contributions to the team's success. Dawson, perhaps the squad's most spirited player, will be completing his Yale career with double duty. In doubles play, he will partner alongside Chase to form a veteran No. 2 pair. Together, Chase and Dawson have accounted for five doubles victories this season. Dawson will also compete for the Elis at No. 4 singles. Chase will look to end a distinguished Yale doubles career on a high note. His steadfast and reliable presence in the doubles lineup has been a constant over the past few years.
Supplementing the efforts of the seniors will be a talented crop of underclassmen. Yale's No. 1 duo of freshman Tyler Lu and sophomore Martin Svenning will look to secure its 10th win of the regular season. Rounding out the doubles lineup at the No. 3 position will be junior Daniel Faierman and freshman Photos Photiades.
Lu, ranked No. 106 in the country, will be the only nationally ranked player to take the singles court on Saturday. In leading the Bulldogs' efforts, he will look to notch his 16th victory of the season. Following Lu in the lineup will be Svenning, at No. 2 singles, and Faierman, who will compete at the No. 3 spot. Photiades and junior Zachary Krumholz will also be gearing up to help the Elis' cause.
Brown has yet to win a conference match (0-6), and is on a seven-match losing streak. For its part, Yale will draw confidence from its thrilling 4-3 triumph over the Bears in the 2012-13 season finale. The Elis will look to reverse a losing trend in away matches this season, and a clash against a fairly evenly-matched opponent promises to offer the Bulldogs an opportunity to finish their season with an overall 13-9 record.
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity