Promising Recruits Cheng, Heller, and King to Make Immediate Impact
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After a promising 2015-16 campaign in which several young players excelled, the Yale men's tennis team brings in its newest freshman class with high expectations. The Bulldogs' three new recruits, however, are no strangers to such pressure; in the face of high expectations throughout their junior tennis careers, all three players managed to shine at the highest level of national competition. The Elis are pleased to announce the following new recruits for the 2016-17 season:
Ryan Cheng (San Marino, Calif.): as captain and team MVP of the San Marino High School team for his junior and senior years, Cheng played a key role on a team that finished California Interscholastic Federation champions in 2013 and 2014 and league champions four years running from 2013-16. As for individual accolades, Ryan made All Area First Team all four years of his high school career and was named All American in 2016. He chose Yale because he felt he could strike a good balance between athletic and academic commitments.
Andrew Heller (Weston, Fl.): In his senior year, Heller led the Cypress Bay High School team to district, regional, and state championships – an accomplishment the team had also achieved in 2013. 2016 marked a banner year for Heller, as he went undefeated in the top singles and doubles spots for Cypress Bay en route to earning All-County Team and All-County Player of the Year recognition. When asked why he chose Yale, Heller says, "Yale was a more cooperative community than any of the other schools I looked at, and I wanted to explore my interests in a liberal arts setting."
Dylan King (Portland, Ore.): Similar to his two fellow recruits, King served as team captain of a wildly successful high school team; during his four years on the team, he helped the Grant High School squad claim two Portland Interscholastic League titles and one OSAA 6A team title. King submitted his best individual year in 2016, winning the OSAA 6A state singles championship and garnering recognition as Oregon Prep Tennis Player of the Year. As for why he chose Yale, he "believes that Coaches Dorato and Appleman will help him grow the most as a player and as a person."
As the school year is about to kick into gear, the three newest members of the team will need to adjust quickly. Fortunately, they can look to current sophomores Charlie Adams, Nathan Brown, and Dennis Wang for advice on how to make the transition smoothly. Team captain Tyler Lu, who had one of the most successful freshman seasons in recent memory, will also serve as a strong role model.
Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity