Andrienko, Doehler and Wang Comprise One of Country's Top Recruiting Classes
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – As the Yale men's tennis team bids farewell to three seniors, it welcomes into its fold three talented players in the Class of 2018. Fedor Andrienko, Stefan Doehler and Ziqi Wang all come to Yale with accomplished junior careers, and each promises to be a valuable addition to the 2014-15 Yale squad. As of January, Yale's recruiting class ranked No. 26 in the country.
Andrienko hails from Moscow, Russia, and will be the third international player on the team, along with Photos Photiades, who a Cyprus native, and Martin Svenning, who is from Sweden. His presence on the team will also ensure that a full one-third of the squad plays left-handed. His fellow southpaws are Svenning, Daniel Faierman and Matt Saiontz. Andrienko brings to the team a bevy of national and international experience. He has been ranked in the top 95 junior players in the world by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), and he has consistently been one of the top juniors in Russia for several years. His international experience includes participation on the Russian National Team and the Russia Junior Davis Cup squad. Given the importance of both singles and doubles to the dual-match format, Andrienko's proficiency in both disciplines will be a vital asset to the Elis.
Doehler had an outstanding high school career, as he went undefeated from his sophomore to senior year. He has also had success in both singles and doubles in national tournaments. Doehler will be the third player from California on the roster, along with Faierman and Tyler Lu. He and Lu crossed paths during their respective junior careers, and played together in several tournaments as doubles partners. Doehler's résumé indicates that he will be a reliable and consistent competitor, and a tough opponent for any challenger.
Like his fellow incoming classmates, Wang's pre-collegiate career suggests skill in both singles and doubles. Wang, who comes to Yale from Alabama, is currently ranked No. 1 in his state by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and by tennisrecruiting.net. He is rated as one of the top 30 players in the country, and has claimed three National Open titles. In addition, he led his high school team to four consecutive state championships, a positive sign for a Bulldog squad intent on claiming the Ivy League title.
All three players have also made their mark off the court with various commitments to academic pursuits and community involvement. Here is a closer look at the newest members of the Yale men's tennis team:
Before Yale: Has been in the top 95 of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Rankings … Won Russian National Championship in singles and doubles in the under 16 category … Won Russian National Championship in doubles in the under 18 category … Won Russian National Championship in doubles and mixed doubles in the under 19 category … Ranked No. 1 in singles and doubles in Russia in the under 16 category … received the Boris Yeltsin Fund Award for being a top player in the under 16 category in Russia … Ranked in the top 3 in Russia in under 18 singles and No. 1 in under 18 doubles … Was ranked in the top 50 in Europe in the under 14 category … Former member of the Russian National Team … Former member of the Russia Junior Davis Cup Team.
Notes: One of four left-handers on the team, along with Daniel Faierman, Matt Saiontz and Martin Svenning … Involved in a charity organization that coaches disadvantaged children in his hometown.
Why Yale? "Because of its incredible political science program [and] because of Coach Dorato and his willingness to help me succeed."
Before Yale: Went undefeated sophomore through senior year of high school … Three-time MVP in high school league … Four-time league singles champion … Four-time MVP of his high school squad … Led his team to the league title his senior year … Co-captain of his high school team junior and senior year … High School All-American … Singles and doubles champion at Irvine Nationals … Singles semifinalist at Ojai, a competitive USTA junior tournament … Played many junior doubles tournaments alongside Tyler Lu, including a semifinal run at the Spring International Championships … Also took part in the Pacific Cup.
Notes: Vice President of the California Scholarship Federation at Foothill … In this capacity, he organized and led multiple community service projects such as aiding the Ecological Reserve at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands.
Why Yale? "The things that struck me most about Yale were the awesome people, unique residential college system, and super friendly tennis team and coaches."
Before Yale: Ranked in the top 30 in the national rankings on tennisrecruiting.net and in the top 10 in the Southern rankings … Ranked No. 1 in Alabama by the USTA and on tennisrecruiting.net … USTA National Open singles champion … Two-time National Open doubles champion … USTA Alabama Player of the Year for 2013 … Birmingham News Player of the Year for 2013 … Three-time high school state champion in both singles and doubles … Played at No. 1 singles and doubles on his high school team in his junior and senior years … Led his high school team to four consecutive state championships … National Open Sportsmanship winner.
Notes: National Merit Finalist … Presidential Scholars Nominee … Attained a 4.73 weighted GPA in high school (4.0 unweighted) … Presidential Service Award Winner for 2012 and 2013 … Member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta … Volunteered at his local public library for several years … First college varsity athlete in his family.
Why Yale? "Yale is a great school with great academics and athletics, and, most importantly, great people. Competing in such an environment will challenge me to improve in all respects, on the court and off."