Three Elis Advance to Singles Semifinals; Doubles Final Features All-Yale Encounter
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's tennis team all but guaranteed that it will once again claim both the singles and doubles titles at the Connecticut State Championships, as members of the squad continued to outplay their opponents on Saturday. Playing on home turf at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center, the Bulldogs finished the day with three players in the singles semifinals and two of its teams in the doubles final.
Yale began the day with seven Elis in the thick of the singles draw. In round of 16 action, freshmen Fedor Andrienko and Ziqi Wang and sophomore Tyler Lu all advanced to the quarterfinals with straight-set wins. Sophomore Photos Photiades joined his teammates as one of the tournament's elite eight when he recovered from a one-set deficit to overcome Quinnipiac's Willem Van Biezen 3-6, 6-4, 1-0. Senior Daniel Faierman likewise earned a quarterfinal berth by emerging victorious in one of the most hard-fought tussles of the day, as he fended off Fairfield's Ofir Solomon for a 7-5, 4-6, 1-0(6) triumph.
With five out of the eight quarterfinalists wearing the Yale blue, the home fans were treated to two all-Yale singles quarterfinals. In the first all-Bulldog encounter, Lu showed his experience in dispatching Andrienko 6-3, 6-3. The opposite narrative took place in the other all-Yale affair, however, as Wang upended his older teammate, Photiades, 6-1, 6-2. Faierman joined Lu and Wang in the semifinals with an impressive 6-0, 6-0 victory over Quinnipiac's Eric Ambrosio.
Saturday also featured the doubles quarterfinals and semifinals. In the sole all-Eli quarterfinal matchup, youth once again won out over experience, as Andrienko and classmate Stefan Doehler defeated junior Jason Brown and senior Matt Saiontz 8-1. The Yale duos of Wang and junior Martin Svenning and Faierman and Lu also advanced to the semifinal round. In the all-Yale semifinal, Andrienko and Doehler recorded a sterling 8-3 victory over Northeast Regionals quarterfinalists Svenning and Wang. Faierman and Lu also won their semifinal encounter to earn a spot in the final.
In consolation action, sophomore Alex Hagermoser posted two singles victories.
Yale's main draw results from Saturday can be found below. Updated tournament draws can also be found below.
The Connecticut State Championships will wrap up on Sunday at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center with the singles semifinals and final and the doubles final. The Bulldogs will look to maintain their grip on both crowns, with Quinnipiac's Kei Ezaka as the only non-Yale player remaining in the tournament. First ball is at 10:00 a.m.
Complete live streaming of the tournament can be found here.
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity
Singles – Round of 16
Tyler Lu (Yale) def. Will Drumwright (Hartford), 6-2, 6-2
Fedor Andrienko (Yale) def. Julian Rozenstein (Quinnipiac), 7-6, 6-4
Kei Ezaka (Quinnipiac) def. Martin Svenning (Yale), 5-7, 6-1, 1-0
Jacob Spreyer (UConn) def. Stefan Doehler (Yale), 1-6, 6-3, 1-0
Daniel Faierman (Yale) def. Ofir Solomon (Fairfield), 7-5, 4-6, 1-0(6)
Photos Photiades (Yale) def. Willem Van Biezen (Quinnipiac), 3-6, 6-4, 1-0
Ziqi Wang (Yale) def. Jonas Kuwert (Quinnipiac), 7-5, 6-4
Singles – Quarterfinals
Lu (Yale) def. Andrienko (Yale), 6-3, 6-3
Faierman (Yale) def. Eric Ambrosio (Quinnipiac), 6-0, 6-0
Wang (Yale) def. Photiades (Yale), 6-1, 6-2
Doubles – Quarterfinals
Svenning/Wang (Yale) def. Matt Dean/Brian Power (Sacred Heart), 8-6
Andrienko/Doehler (Yale) def. Jason Brown/Matt Saiontz (Yale), 8-1
Andrew Ginzberg/Zac McEntee (UConn) def. Photiades/Alex Hagermoser (Yale), 8-7
Faierman/Lu (Yale) def. Spreyer/Chris Toner (UConn), 8-2
Doubles – Semifinals
Andrienko/Doehler (Yale) def. Svenning/Wang (Yale), 8-3
Faierman/Lu (Yale) def. Ginzberg/McEntee (UConn), 8-5