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Bulldogs Eliminated in Latter Stages of USTA/ITA Northeast Regionals

Martin Svenning (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)
Martin Svenning (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)

Wang and Svenning Reach Doubles Quarterfinals before Falling to Nation's No. 6 Pair

FLUSHING, N.Y. – The United States Tennis Association (USTA)/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northeast Regional Championships entered its later stages on Sunday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, with round of 16 and quarterfinal action taking place among the tournament's remaining players.  The Bulldogs competed hard, but all three players in action were eliminated from the main draw by the end of the day.

Through the first three days of play, freshman Ziqi Wang had already enjoyed a breakout tournament.  In singles, he had battled through two tough three-set wins in his opening rounds, including a major upset over Harvard's Dennis Nguyen, the No. 18 player in the nation and the tournament's No. 2 seed, in the third round.  For his round of 16 encounter on Sunday, Wang went up against Mike Vermeer of Columbia, ranked No. 107 in the country.  Despite showing impressive resiliency in yet another three-set affair, Wang was unable to advance to the quarterfinals, as Vermeer emerged with the 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 victory.

What makes Wang's debut Northeast Regionals campaign all the more impressive, however, is that he took part in the doubles round of 16 as well, alongside junior Martin Svenning.  Going up against Harvard's tandem of Sebastien Beltrame and Grant Solomon, Svenning and Wang put in a sterling performance to record a resounding 8-4 win.  Having earned a berth in the elite quarterfinal round, Svenning and Wang next took on the experienced Columbia duo of Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur.  Narayana and Schnur make up the No. 6 doubles team in the nation, and also have the distinction of being the 2012 Northeast Regionals doubles champions, having defeated Yale's team of Daniel Hoffman '13 and Marc Powers '13 in the final.  Svenning and Wang were unable to extend their deep run, as Narayana and Schnur showed why they are past titlists in posting an 8-2 win.

Sophomore Tyler Lu also took to the court on Sunday for his round of 16 singles match.  Taking on Harvard's Alex Steinroeder, Lu narrowly lost the opening set in a tiebreaker and ultimately the match, 7-6, 6-2.

Four other Elis took to the court for consolation matches on Sunday.  Freshman Stefan Doehler defeated Ryan Kahn of Wagner College 6-0, 4-6, 1-0 to complete a trio of consolation victories for the weekend, having also won a consolation match on each of Thursday and Friday.  Sophomore Photos Photiades was likewise a consolation winner on Sunday, as he rolled to a 6-1, 6-3 win over Fellow Ivy Leaguer Dylan Brown of Cornell.  Senior Daniel Faierman also rounded out his trip to the National Tennis Center with a straight-set consolation victory over Michal Rolski of Wagner.  In Friday's consolation action, he had made a comeback to upend Marist's Joseph Dube 3-6, 6-4, 1-0. 

This concludes Yale's participation in this year's USTA/ITA Northeast Regionals.  The Elis will host the annual Connecticut State Championships starting this coming Friday, Oct. 24.       

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity