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Bulldogs Dominate Second Day of Penn Invitational

Photos Photiades. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Photos Photiades. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Elis Post 18-1 Overall Record in Doubles and Singles on Second Day of Competition

PHILADELPHIA, PA – After a strong opening performance at the Penn Invitational on Friday, the Yale men's tennis team sustained its high level of play by posting a remarkable 18-1 overall record in doubles and singles on the tournament's second day. Similar to the previous day's performance against William & Mary, the Elis distinguished themselves most in singles play, sweeping six matches against Georgetown without losing a single set and winning all seven singles matches against Navy. These results are particularly impressive given the quality of Saturday's opposition, who represent some of the best the Northeast region has to offer. 

The most notable aspect of Yale's performance on Saturday was the team's domination in singles. Freshman Andrew Heller was among the first to finish, securing his first collegiate singles victory in a comprehensive 6-2, 6-0 win over Georgetown's Bart Panarese. Fellow freshman Ryan Cheng also cruised to victory for the second straight day, topping Georgetown's Jack Murphy 6-1, 6-3. Sophomore Nathan Brown also faced little trouble in a 6-1, 6-2 win over Jordan Portner. 

Although none of the singles matches reached a third set, many of them were competitive. Yale's Dennis Wang played the only tiebreaker of the day in a 7-6, 6-2 victory, and senior Photos Photiades faced several nervy moments in a 6-4, 7-5 win. Junior Ziqi Wang and freshman Dylan King also played relatively close matches, winning by the same score of 6-3, 6-4 over Georgetown's Michael Chen and Mac Rechan, respectively. Also notable was captain Tyler Lu's continued return to health, as the senior impressed for the second straight day with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Georgetown standout Peter Beatty.

Though Georgetown secured its lone victory of the day in doubles, results were still generally positive for the Bulldogs. Yale's Fedor Andrienko and Alex Hagermoser showed composure in a 6-3 victory, while the pairing of Brown and Photiades impressed for the second straight day with a 6-1 victory over Georgetown's Lam and Rechan. Brown and Photiades have established strong chemistry in the season's opening two days, which bodes well for the Elis' doubles lineup going forward.

In addition to the slate of matches against Georgetown, the Bulldogs also played a round of singles against Navy on Saturday. The results of those seven matches, all of which Yale won, are posted below. The Penn Invitational's final day of competition will kick off tomorrow at 9 a.m.

Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity

 

FULL DAY 2 RESULTS

Singles vs. Georgetown

Lu(Y) def. Beatty(G), 7-5, 6-2

Z.Wang(Y) def. Chen(G), 6-3, 6-4

King(Y) def. Rechan(G), 6-3, 6-4

Brown(Y) def. Portner(G), 6-1, 6-2

Photiades(Y) def. Sharton(G), 6-4, 7-5

Heller(Y) def. Panarese(G), 6-2, 6-0

D.Wang(Y) def. Heaney(G), 7-6, 6-2

Cheng(Y) def. Murphy(G), 6-1, 6-3

Photiades(Y) def. McElvenny(G), 6-1, 7-5

 

Doubles vs. Georgetown

Hagermoser/Andrienko(Y) def. Portner/Chen(G), 6-3

Beatty/Mahlangu(G) def. Z.Wang/Lu(Y), 6-2

Photiades/Brown(Y) def. Rechan/Lam(G), 6-1

 

Singles vs. Navy

Lu(Y) def. Wong(N), 6-0, 6-1

Andrienko(Y) def. Sims(N), 6-4, 6-2

King(Y) def. Pilones(N), 6-4, 6-1

Hagermoser(Y) def. Lee(N), 6-2, 6-1

D.Wang(Y) def. Jennings(N), 4-6, 6-0, 10-5

Brown(Y) def. Hicks(N), 6-0, 6-1

Heller(Y) def. Cooke(N), 6-0, 6-0