Nine Bulldogs to Stay in New Haven for Connecticut State Championships; Four Players to Head to Princeton for Annual Ivy Plus Tournament
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After an impressive first weekend in which the players compiled a 38-9 overall record at the Penn Invitational, the Yale men's tennis team will have another packed schedule this weekend, splitting up to compete in two separate tournaments in different locations over the course of three days. Four members of the team will stay in New Haven to compete in the annual Connecticut State Championships, while six players will travel to Princeton, N.J., to take part in the Ivy Plus Invitational. With the action unfolding at both the Yale tennis courts and Princeton's Lenz Tennis Center, this weekend promises to provide a glimpse of what to expect for the rest of the season; a number of players will receive critical playing time against familiar rivals from the Northeast region. So although the competition this weekend will not be team vs. team, individual results over the next few days should go a long way in determining how the Bulldogs stack up against their regional rivals.
The Ivy Plus tournament, a larger event hosted by Penn and Princeton, features players from a tough slate of 19 schools. The list includes familiar opponents from the Ivy League (all Ivies participate), familiar regional opponents (Buffalo, Drexel, Marist, Penn State, St. John's) and relatively unfamiliar opponents from outside of the Northeast (Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, VCU). Play will start at 9:00 a.m. Friday through Sunday on Princeton's home courts, and Yale's players will be distributed among the tournament's seven singles and doubles flights. Several current Yale players – most notably senior Alex Hagermoser, who won his individual draw in this event last year – found success at this tournament a year ago. As a result, this season's four attendees (Fedor Andrienko, Stefan Doehler, Tyler Lu and Ziqi Wang) will have set lofty goals for themselves.
Outside of the four players traveling to Princeton, the remaining Bulldogs will stay at home to compete in this year's Connecticut State Championships. Yale is set to host players from seven different schools: Boston College, Brown, Connecticut, Fairfield, Marist, Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart. The Elis will hope to replicate their success in this event last year, which saw current players Charlie Adams, Nathan Brown and Photos Photiades take home hardware. While freshmen Ryan Cheng, Andrew Heller and Dylan King will look to use this experience as a chance to adjust to collegiate tennis, the team's more veteran players will be hoping to leave their mark on a tournament in which Yale has consistently excelled.
Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity