Bulldogs Look to Build Momentum Against State Rivals
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's tennis team will host the 7th annual Connecticut State Championships starting this Friday at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center, as the squad enters the latter stages of the fall season. The state's best players will travel to Yale for what promises to be an entertaining weekend of tennis. Schools that will field competitors in singles and doubles include Fairfield, Hartford, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart and UConn. First ball will be on Friday at 10:00 a.m. The tournament will continue through to Sunday.
The Bulldogs have historically performed extremely well at this event, and they will look to replicate their success again this year. Freshman Ziqi Wang is coming off an impressive round of 16 showing at his first Northeast Regionals tournament, and will be eager to see how his game matches up against Connecticut's finest. He will surely be riding a wave of confidence after upsetting Harvard's Dennis Nguyen, ranked No. 18 in the nation, as part of his run to the round of 16. Wang also advanced to the doubles quarterfinal round of the Northeast Regionals alongside junior Martin Svenning. Wang and Svenning will aim to contribute to the Elis' overall doubles effort this weekend.
Sophomore Tyler Lu, ranked No. 84 nationally, joined Wang in the singles round of 16 at the National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., but was also unable to advance past this hurdle. Nonetheless, Lu, the 2013 champion at the Connecticut State Championships, will be motivated to defend his title. Lu is also a defending doubles champion, along with classmate Photos Photiades.
Two other players who enjoyed a memorable 2013 campaign at the Connecticut State Championships are sophomore Alex Hagermoser and senior captain Zachary Krumholz. Hagermoser advanced to the semifinal round last year to conclude a strong fall season, while Krumholz battled his way to the final, where he lost to Lu.
Svenning and junior Jason Brown reached the singles quarterfinals of last season's event, while sophomore James Ratchford picked up a win as well. Freshman Stefan Doehler and senior Daniel Faierman recorded victories at this year's Northeast Regionals after falling in the early rounds of the main draw, and both will look to continue their winning ways on their home turf.
Complete live streaming of the tournament can be found here.
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity