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Yale Looks to Carry Momentum into USTA/ITA Northeast Regionals

Ziqi Wang (photo by Alexandra Schmeling) Buy Now
Ziqi Wang (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)

Bulldogs Head to National Tennis Center for Regional Showdown

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After nearly two weeks of rest and recovery from a successful two-day stretch at the Yale Shootout, the Bulldogs are set to travel this week to the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., for the annual USTA/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northeast Regional Championships.  The Elis will join college players from around the Northeast region in one of the most competitive events of the fall season.  Play commences on Thursday at 8:00 a.m. and will continue through to Tuesday.

In their last outing, the Bulldogs recorded a combined 27-4 record at the Yale Shootout, with several Elis contributing victories.  Nine different players fared well in doubles, with freshman Stefan Doehler excelling in an undefeated weekend.  He played alongside sophomore Tyler Lu and junior Martin Svenning, both of whom picked up a pair of doubles wins.  The most impressive duo at the Yale Shootout was that of sophomores Alex Hagermoser and Photos Photiades, as the tandem went undefeated though three matches at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center.  Seniors Daniel Faierman and Matt Saiontz, along with junior Jason Brown and freshman Ziqi Wang, also showcased their versatility on the doubles court.  All of these players will be looking to continue their winning ways at the Northeast Regionals.

Wang was a standout player in singles at the Yale Shootout, winning all three of his matches.  Photiades also scored three confidence-boosting victories.  Lu, ranked No. 84 in the nation, will aim to make his mark at the Northeast Regionals, having been honored at the conclusion of his freshman season as the ITA Rookie of the Year for the Northeast Region.  Lu reached the third round of the main draw last year, and will look to go even further this time around.  Also reaching the third round last season was Faierman, who earned a singles win at the Yale Shootout. 

The Northeast Regional event was a breakout tournament for Hagermoser last year, as he qualified for the main draw and then advanced to the second round.  Now he will return to this tournament seeking an even deeper berth.  Doehler, Saiontz, Svenning and senior captain Zachary Krumholz were also on the roster of singles winners at the Yale Shootout, and all will look to make the most of their trip to the National Tennis Center, the site of the United States Open.

Yale players who have earned entry into the main singles draw are Faierman, Hagermoser, Lu, Svenning and Wang.  Doehler and Photiades are in the qualifying draw and will look to join their teammates in the main flight.  Representing the Bulldogs in doubles will be the teams of Faierman and Lu, Svenning and Wang and Hagermoser and Photiades.

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity