Yale Looks to Gather Momentum in Second Event of Fall Season
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Just one week removed from its first tournament of the 2014-15 season, the Bulldogs are set to travel to Philadelphia for the Penn Invitational. The Elis will join players from 14 other schools at Penn's Hamlin Tennis Center and Levy Pavilion, all of whom will be aiming to work themselves into form at this early stage of the season. The event, which begins Friday and continues on Saturday and Sunday, will feature eight singles flights and four doubles flights.
This is the first time that Yale has participated in the Penn Invitational in recent years, so the players will be primed to make their mark over the weekend. The Bulldogs will go toe-to-toe with some of the top collegiate talent in the country, as the Penn Invitational will include players from Binghamton, Buffalo, Columbia, Cornell, Drexel, Georgetown, Lehigh, Minnesota, Monmouth, Penn, Penn State, Princeton, St. John's and Temple.
Sophomore Alex Hagermoser had the most success in singles play at the Ivy Plus Invitational, as he notched two three-set triumphs to advance to the semifinal round. Freshman Fedor Andrienko likewise posted a main draw victory in singles last weekend, gaining his first collegiate win in the process, and will looking to go even further this time around. Andrienko's classmate, Ziqi Wang, built his confidence with multiple wins in singles at the Ivy Plus, as he reached the final of his consolation draw. Sophomore Photos Photiades also picked up wins in advancing to the semifinals of his consolation bracket. Both Wang and Photiades will aim to use their match experience to gain the upper hand in their contests this weekend.
Yale's players also performed well in doubles at the Ivy Plus, and will be looking to do the same, and more, at the Penn Classic. Senior Daniel Faierman, playing alongside sophomore Tyler Lu, won two doubles matches to post a quarterfinal appearance. Wang and junior Martin Svenning also picked up a doubles main draw victory, as did the duo of Hagermoser and senior Matt Saiontz.
While Lu recorded wins in both singles and doubles at the Ivy Plus, he will be unavailable for the Penn Invitational as he is set to take part in the 2014 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Men's All-American Championship in Tulsa, Okla., starting Sunday.
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity