Doehler and Faierman Win in Singles as Yale Comes up Short against No. 51 Cornell, 5-2
ITHACA, N.Y. – The Yale men's tennis team suffered its third loss in Ivy League competition on Sunday with a 5-2 loss to Cornell, who came into the match off the heels of phenomenal 5-2 and 7-0 victories over No.54 Dartmouth and No. 61 Brown. The Bulldogs have faced a tough slate of opponents recently, and nationally ranked Cornell was no exception; the Big Red has consistently challenged the Elis in recent years and has now won five of the two teams' last seven meetings. Although Sunday's loss was largely disappointing, Yale (11-9, 1-3 Ivy) turned in some impressive individual performances and continued to show the ability to compete against the Ivy League's top talent.
Playing on its home courts, Cornell began Sunday's match by seizing the doubles point despite the best efforts of Yale's Martin Svenning and Ziqi Wang, who played to a 4-4 deadlock at No. 2 doubles before their match was cut short. In singles, Cornell's Sam Fleck managed to edge Yale's Tyler Lu in straight sets at the No. 1 position, while standout Chris Vrabel also improved his win streak to 13 matches by winning at No. 4 singles over Wang. Though the matches at No. 2 and No. 6 singles ended similarly in favor of Cornell, two of Yale's players managed to restore team pride with impressive three set wins. At the No. 3 position, freshman Stefan Doehler continued his stellar 2015 campaign by topping Cornell's Stefan Vinti in a third set super tiebreaker; and at the No. 5 position, senior Daniel Faierman battled back from a set deficit to win 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 in what marked his tightest win of the season.
The Elis have little time to dwell on this past weekend's defeats, however, as their next match brings rival No. 35 Harvard to New Haven. At the midway point in the Ivy League season, a 1-3 start is not what the Bulldogs would have hoped for, but a win over the Crimson might spark a turnaround.
Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity
#51 CORNELL 5, YALE 2
1. Sam Fleck (C) def. Tyler Lu, 6-3, 6-2
2. Bernardo Casares Rosa (C) def. Martin Svenning, 6-3, 6-2
3. Stefan Doehler (Y) def. Stefan Vinti, 6-2, 0-6, (10-6)
4. Chris Vrabel (C) def. Ziqi Wang, 7-5, 6-3
5. Daniel Faierman (Y) def. Colin Sinclair, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6
6. Alex Sidney (C) def. Fedor Andrienko, 6-0, retired
1. Casares Rosa/Vrabel (C) def. Doehler/Andrienko, 6-4
2. Fleck/Sinclair (C) vs. Svenning/Wang, 4-4 (DNF)
3. Quoc-Daniel Nguyen/Vinti (C) def. Alex Hagermoser/Lu, 6-2