Elis Shine in Doubles for Second Straight Match; Photiades Wins Three-Set Match in Singles as Yale Falls 5-2 to Dartmouth
HANOVER, N.H. – The Yale men's tennis team came into Sunday's match against Dartmouth off the heels of a promising performance against rival No. 34 Harvard, in which the Bulldogs forced several three-set matches and lost by a slim margin. The Elis traveled to Hanover with a key element missing, however, as junior Martin Svenning was not healthy enough to play at No. 2 singles; as a result, Yale's younger players were thrust into higher positions against better competition. This complication, along with Dartmouth's dominant singles play, led to a third straight 5-2 loss for the Bulldogs; but despite the disappointing score line, Yale submitted some positive performances on Sunday that bode well for the future.
The day began well for the Elis, who displayed great teamwork to take the doubles point for the second straight match. Although Dartmouth's Brendan Tannenbaum and George Wall finished first with a 6-0 victory at No. 3 doubles, Yale's Fedor Andrienko and Stefan Doehler replied swiftly with a 6-1 win at No. 1 doubles. With this result, the two star freshmen added yet another upset to their résumé, which includes recent victories over Harvard and Princeton's nationally ranked No. 1 doubles teams. After seeing the freshmen turn the tide, veterans Daniel Faierman and Svenning then clinched the doubles point for Yale with a tight 6-4 win at No. 2 doubles.
The Big Green responded quickly in singles, however, with convincing wins at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 5 singles. And though Faierman (elevated to No. 4 singles in Svenning's absence) battled to keep the Bulldogs in the match, Dartmouth's Diego Pedraza managed to best him in a close 7-5, 6-4 match. Yale's Ziqi Wang also lost by a similar margin at No. 4 singles, falling 7-6, 6-4 to give Dartmouth its fifth point of the day. Despite the outcome having already been decided in favor of the Big Green, Yale's Photos Photiades refused to fold at No. 6 singles; after dropping the second set of his match 6-2, Photiades stormed back to take the third set 6-1 and end the day on a positive note for the Bulldogs.
After Sunday's defeat, the Elis' overall record is now 11-11 (1-5 Ivy) with just one match remaining this season against unranked Brown. If the Bulldogs can secure a win in their last match, they would not only finish with a record above .500, but would also establish a more positive outlook for the team's young players headed into next season.
Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity
#1 – Doehler and Andrienko (Yale) def. Sakinis and Kipouras (Dartmouth), 6-1
#2 – Faierman and Svenning (Yale) def. Schmidt and Pedraza (Dartmouth), 6-4
#3 – Wall and Tannenbaum (Dartmouth) def. Hagermoser and Lu (Yale), 6-0
#1 – Sakinis (Dartmouth) def. Lu (Yale), 6-2, 6-4
#2 – Kipouras (Dartmouth) def. Doehler (Yale), 6-3, 6-0
#3 – Riccardi (Dartmouth) def. Wang (Yale), 7-6, 6-4
#4 – Pedraza (Dartmouth) def. Faierman (Yale), 7-5, 6-4
#5 – Wall (Dartmouth) def. Andrienko (Yale), 6-2, 6-3
#6 – Photiades (Yale) def. Schmidt (Dartmouth), 6-4, 3-6, 6-1