Bulldogs Bounce Back with Gritty Win over Portland

Daniel Faierman (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)
Daniel Faierman (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)

Faierman and Wang Star in Singles; Andrienko and Doehler Clinch Victory in Doubles Tiebreak as Yale Tops Portland 4 - 3

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – Heading into competition against the University of Portland on Sunday, the Yale men's tennis team was looking to regain some of its winning form after narrowly losing on the previous day to Loyola Marymount. The University of Portland squad, similar to LMU, had notched a victory against a nationally ranked opponent and boasted a winning record (7 – 2), but the Bulldogs again refused to back down and this time came through when it mattered most.

Sunday's action at the Newport Beach Tennis Center began with singles, and the match appeared evenly matched from the outset. At No. 1 singles, Yale's Tyler Lu competed well with Portland's star senior Steffen Dierauf (7 – 1 on the season), narrowly dropping the first set by a service break before losing momentum near the finish. Yale's No. 2 player Martin Svenning also showed grit in defeat, forcing a close first set with Portland's Michail Pervolarakis despite an injury.

Seeing the determination of the top two singles players, the middle of Yale's lineup elevated its game. Freshman Stefan Doehler stepped up to the No. 3 singles position for just the second time this year and did well to build a 6-3, 3-2 lead before his opponent retired, while No. 4 player Ziqi Wang posted a tight 6-3, 7-5 victory over Portland's Mathieu Garcia; this result marks Wang's fourth win in his last five matches. With Yale senior Daniel Faierman winning a tight match and junior Photos Photiades falling in a third set to make the score 3-3, the two teams headed into a doubles round that would decide the match.

Similar to the singles round, the doubles matches looked to be even from the outset. While Yale's No. 2 doubles team fell 6-3, Faierman and Photiades responded with a 6-3 victory at the No. 3 position. The stage was set for the Elis' No. 1 doubles team: the freshmen star pairing of Andrienko and Doehler, who came into Sunday's match with a 7 – 2 record on the season (mostly at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles). And although nothing could separate them from their opponent for the first 12 games, the talented freshman duo persevered and ultimately triumphed in a nail-bite worthy tiebreaker to clinch the match for the bulldogs.

Resilience has been the story this season; and now at 10 – 4, the Elis are certainly enjoying the moment after a gutsy performance against a strong Portland squad. Having split its first two matches in California, the team will look to finish strong in its third and final match of the tour against Utah on Thursday Mar. 19. 

Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity

 Position  Yale University  University of Portland  Winner   Score
 #1 Singles  Tyler Lu  Steffen Dierauf  University of Portland  6-4,6-2
 #2 Singles  Martin Svenning  Michail Pervolarakis  University of Portland  6-4,6-1
 #3 Singles  Stefan Doehler  Reid Delaubenfels  Yale University  6-3,3-2,ret.
 #4 Singles  Ziqi Wang  Mathieu Garcia  Yale University  6-3,7-5
 #5 Singles  Daniel Faierman  Pierre Garcia  Yale University  6-3,6-4
 #6 Singles  Photos Photiades  Jared Madison  University of Portland  6-1,3-6,6-1
 #1 Doubles  Fedor Andrienko 
 Stefan Doehler
 Steffen Dierauf 
 Kent Andreasen
 Yale University  7-6
 #2 Doubles  Tyler Lu 
 Alex Hagermoser
 Mathieu Garcia 
 Pierre Garcia
 University of Portland  6-3
 #3 Doubles  Daniel Faierman 
 Photos Photiades
 Jamie Fisher 
 Michail Pervolarakis
 Yale University  6-3