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2014-15 Schedule Offers New Opportunities for Bulldogs

(photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
(photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

Fall Season Kicks off with Ivy Plus Invitational on Sept. 19; Two Dozen Matches on Tap for 2015 Regular Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – With the 2013-14 season firmly in the books, the Yale men's tennis team can already look forward to a promising slate of events and matchups for the 2014-15 season, which begins in September.  In the fall, the Bulldogs will compete in a variety of multi-bracket tournaments as they prepare both individually and as a team for the regular season in the spring.  The Elis are scheduled to contest 24 matches in 2015, two more than this past season.  As always, Yale's final seven matches of the season will comprise the Ivy League stretch, at the end of which one Ancient Eight squad will take home the Ivy League title.

While the Bulldogs will ultimately bookend their 2014-15 season with the Ivy League season in April, they will be able to get the measure of their fellow Ancient Eight competition right off the bat with the Ivy Plus Invitational in September, the first event on the Elis' schedule.  Yale will likely continue to face opponents from other Ivy schools in its second tournament on the calendar, the Penn Classic.  Once October rolls around, the Bulldogs will aim to be in top form for the United States Tennis Association (USTA)/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northeast Regional Championships. 

Once Yale returns to action in 2015, new opponents and challenges will be in store.  After a 2014 season that saw the Elis play their opener on the road for the first time in five years, the Bulldogs will start their 2015 season at home, facing three different opponents—Buffalo, Colgate and Monmouth—over the course of one weekend.  The season will officially begin on Jan. 24.  After two months of facing new and familiar foes, the Ivy League season will begin on Apr. 4 with a match against Penn. 

Alex Dorato, Cary Leeds Head Coach of Men's Tennis, will be entering his 23rd year at the helm of the Yale squad.  Christian Appleman will begin his 10th year as assistant coach.  Captain Zachary Krumholz will lead the team along with his classmates, Daniel Faierman and Matt Saiontz.  The roster includes nine returning players and three incoming freshmen, Fedor Andrienko, Stefan Doehler and Ziqi Wang.

Here is a closer look at the Yale men's tennis 2014-15 schedule:

  • The Penn Classic in September is a new event on the Bulldogs' fall calendar.
  • Yale will host two events in the fall: the Army Shootout and the annual Connecticut State Championships.  The Elis have historically posted strong results in both events.
  • The 2014 USTA/ITA Northeast Regionals will be held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., the site of the U.S. Open.
  • There are 24 regular season matches, two more than last season.  These matches include three that will take place at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships and the seven Ivy League matches in April.  The preseason scrimmage against Brown on Jan. 19 does not count as an official regular season match.
  • Of the 24 regular season matches, 13 will be against opponents Yale faced in the 2013-14 season.  The six non-Ivy repeat opponents are Fairfield, Fairleigh Dickinson, Old Dominion, Marist, St. John's and Stony Brook.  Yale had a combined 5-1 record against these six opponents (the Bulldogs lost 4-3 to St. John's).
  • Yale's remaining known opponents (the ECAC lineup is TBD) are Buffalo, Colgate, Iowa, Loyola Marymount, Monmouth, Portland, Utah and William & Mary.  Most of these opponents are unfamiliar to the Elis, though Yale did face William & Mary as recently as 2012, and played both Loyola Marymount and Utah in 2009.
  • Yale's non-Ivy home matches will be eight in number.  Opponents the Bulldogs will host are Buffalo, Colgate, Fairfield, Fairleigh Dickinson, Iowa, Marist, Monmouth and Stony Brook.  Yale's non-Ivy away matches will encompass a spring break trip to California, where the Elis will face Loyola Marymount, Portland and Utah.
  • The 2015 Ivy League season consists of four home matches and three away matches.  Yale will host Penn, Princeton, Harvard and Brown (the latter being Senior Day and the final regular season match), and the squad will travel to face Cornell, Columbia and Dartmouth.
  • The schedule is subject to change.  Check for updates.
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity