Three Singles Players Win First-Round Matches
PRINCETON, N.J. – Three singles players from the Yale men's tennis team won first-round matches, and a doubles team advanced to the quarterfinals, as play got underway at the Farnsworth Ivy Plus tournament at Princeton's Lenz Tennis Center Friday.
In singles sophomore Tyler Lu, ranked No. 84 in the country, won 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 in the Tiger Draw, besting Cornell's Bernardo Casares. Lu will face Columbia's Winston Lin in the quarterfinals.
Sophomore Alex Hagermoser rallied for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 win vs. Ben Tso of Princeton in the first round of the Jersey Draw. Hagermoser will face Max Fliegner of Dartmouth in the quarterfinals.
Freshman Fedor Andrienko won his first collegiate tennis match in straight sets, topping Christian E. Vieira of Monmouth 6-4, 6-2 in the Whitman Draw. Andrienko next faces MJ Every of St. John's.
In the Orange Draw of doubles play, the team of Lu and senior Daniel Faierman advanced to the round of 16 with an 8-2 win over Matt Hagan and Eleftherios Theodorou of Iowa, the seventh-seeded team in the tournament. Faierman and Lu then beat a team from Cornell in the round of 16 to advance to the quarterfinals, where they will face a team from St. John's.
Also in the Orange Draw, the team of junior Martin Svenning and freshman Ziqi Wang advanced to the round of 16 with an 8-6 win over Princeton's Tom Colautti and Josh Yablon. Svenning and Wang then lost to a team from Georgia Tech.
In the Black Draw of doubles play, Hagermoser and Matt Saiontz advanced to the round of 16 with an 8-6 win over Justin Chanthalgsy and Joe Dube of Marist, but fell to a team from Tulane. The team of senior Zachary Krumholz and sophomore Photos Photiades made the round of 16 after receiving a first-round bye, but fell to a team from Buffalo.
Faierman, Krumholz, Photiades, Svenning and Wang lost in the round of 16 in their singles draws. Wang has advanced to the semifinals of his consolation bracket.
Play continues Saturday and Sunday.