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Yale Completes Phenomenal Opening Weekend

Fedor Andrienko (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)
Fedor Andrienko (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)

Bulldogs Post 8-4 Overall Record in Doubles and Singles on Final Day of Invitational

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Yale men's tennis team concluded its first tournament of the fall season on a positive note on Sunday, winning eight of twelve total matches against opposition from Brown, Furman and Georgetown.  This impressive performance came off the heels of a remarkable showing on the previous day, which saw the Bulldogs notch an 18-1 overall record in doubles and singles. Showing their singles prowess for the third straight day, the Elis look tough to beat at the moment; perhaps most notable was the strong performance of Yale's three freshmen players, all of whom claimed singles victories on Sunday. 

The majority of Sunday's matches came against opponents from Furman, a familiar regional opponent. Yale freshman Dylan King finished with the most lopsided score line, topping Furman's Jake Bhangdia 6-1, 6-1. This victory wrapped up a perfect debut weekend for King, who complied a 7-0 record in singles and doubles. Fellow freshman Ryan Cheng also finished his weekend unbeaten on Sunday, escaping a tight first set to beat Furman's Jake Munns 7-5, 6-1. The two freshmen also teamed up to post Yale's lone doubles victory of the day, which bodes well for the future.

The remaining singles matches against Furman were highly competitive. Photos Photiades fought to a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Trevor Croyder. Yale captain Tyler Lu played the longest match of the day, nearly pulling off the comeback in a tense 7-6, 6-7, 10-7 loss to Furman senior Adam Steryous. Yale's Ziqi Wang also faced a tough opponent in Cameron Green, who ultimately overcame the Bulldog in a 7-6, 6-2 win. Junior Fedor Andrienko played a tightly contested match as well, bouncing back from a tough first set to win the second and force a third set super tiebreak against Furman's Alex Steryous. After a number of back-and-forth rallies, Andrienko ultimately secured the victory by a score of 6-7, 6-2, 10-6.

Outside of the matches against Furman, three Yale players – Nathan Brown, Andrew Heller and Dennis Wang – competed against players from other schools. Brown, who faced Brown's Will Bader, cruised to a 6-1, 6-4 win; Heller topped Georgetown's Ryan McElvenny 6-3, 6-0; and Wang notched his fourth straight singles win of the weekend in a 6-4, 6-2 performance over Georgetown's Yan Mahlangu. 

Over the course of the weekend, the Elis posted a phenomenal 38-9 overall match record. Because every member of the team found good success, it's hard to highlight any player as a standout performer; still, the return of Tyler Lu from injury and the successful debut of Yale's three freshmen are significant developments. After getting out to one of the best starts to a season in recent memory, the Bulldogs will have little time to rest, as they already begin to prepare for next weekend's Connecticut State Championship and Ivy Plus tournaments.

Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity


Singles vs. Furman

Adam Steryous(F) def. Lu(Y), 7-6; 6-7; 1-0(10-7)

Green(F) def. Z.Wang(Y), 7-6; 6-2

Andrienko(Y) def. Alex Steryous(F), 6-7; 6-2; 1-0(10-6)

Cheng(Y) def. Munns(F), 7-5; 6-1

King(Y) def. Bhangdia(F), 6-1; 6-1

Photiades(Y) def. Croyder(F), 6-3; 7-5


Doubles vs. Furman

Adam Steryous/Munns(F) def. Lu/Andrienko(Y), 6-3

Alex Steryous/Green(F) def. Z.Wang/Hagermoser(Y), 7-6

Cheng/King(Y) def. Croyder/Bhangdia(F), 6-3


Singles vs. Brown, Georgetown

Brown(Y) def. Bader(B), 6-1; 6-4

Heller(Y) def. McElvenny(G), 6-3; 6-0

D.Wang(Y) def. Mahlangu(G), 6-4; 6-2