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Bulldogs Shine in First Two Days of Tournament Play

Ziqi Wang (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)
Ziqi Wang (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)

Adams, Cheng, Doehler, Heller, Photiades and Z. Wang to Compete for Championship Hardware on Sunday

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Members of the Yale men's tennis team had a hectic schedule over the past two days, playing an incredible number of matches spread out over two separate tournaments in two different places. While four players traveled to Princeton to compete in the annual Ivy Plus tournament, nine others stayed in New Haven to play in the Yale-hosted Connecticut State Championships. As everyone on the squad found at least some success, here are player-by-player highlights from the last two days of action.

 

Charlie Adams (CT Championships): Fell to Parker Goldstein in the B singles draw, but bounced back to beat Connecticut's Jack McLister 7-6(6), 7-5 in backdraw play. Adams teamed up with senior Photos Photiades to reach the semifinals of the event for the second straight year, topping Connecticut's Toner and Valentin in the round of 16 and Boston College's Austin and Mullins in the quarterfinal. The duo heads into Sunday with the chance to repeat as tournament champions.

Fedor Andrienko (Ivy Plus): Competing in the highly competitive Lenz draw at the Ivy Plus, Andrienko played three tight singles matches and one doubles match. In his backdraw singles match, Andrienko did well to push Dartmouth's Roko Glasnovic in a 6-7(4), 6-1, 10-6 loss; he also teamed up with senior Tyler Lu in a match against Brown's Haworth and Brown, which ended 8-6 in the opposition's favor.

Nathan Brown (CT Championships): Did well in singles to beat Quinnipiac's Axel Stern and Boston College's Alex Chieffalo in straight sets, reaching the quarterfinals of the A draw. Brown also combined well with classmate Dennis Wang to beat Connecticut's Appleton and Edwards, 6-4, in the first round of doubles play; the pair eventually fell to a team from Quinnipiac in the round of 16.

Ryan Cheng (CT Championships): Emerged as one of Yale's standout players over the past two days, winning four straight singles matches against tough competition to reach the final, where he will face fellow freshman Andrew Heller on Sunday. Cheng's tightest match came against Quinnipiac's Julian Rozenstein, who pushed the Bulldog in a back-and-forth 6-0, 1-6, 10-4 battle. Cheng also found success in doubles alongside Heller, as the freshman duo won three straight matches to qualify for Sunday's final. 

Stefan Doehler (Ivy Plus): Paired up with classmate Ziqi Wang to secure an 8-7 victory over VCU's Ishizaka and Lima, followed by an 8-5 win over St. John's Livi and Skripnik; the pair will play in the final of the Dillon doubles draw tomorrow. Doehler also impressed in singles, recording two tight victories over elite competition from St. John's and Tennessee before falling 6-2, 7-6(4) to Cornell's Pietro Rimondi in the semifinals of the Cordish Draw.

Alex Hagermoser (CT Championships): Posted a convincing 6-1, 6-0 victory over Sacred Heart's Chris Sause in the first round of the A singles draw before falling to Boston College's Derek Austin in three sets. Hagermoser also did well to come back against Connecticut's Jacob Appleton and record a 4-6, 6-3, 10-7 backdraw victory.

Andrew Heller (CT Championships): Like Cheng, Heller has yet to lose a match in the tournament. Highlights of the Bulldog's singles performance include a victory over Marist's Rudy Kurz (the singles champion of last year's CT Championships), as well as a thrilling 6-4, 2-6, 10-6 victory over teammate Dylan King in the quarterfinal round. As mentioned above, Heller is also set to compete in Sunday's doubles final.

Dylan King (CT Championships): Impressed in singles by notching straight-set victories over Brown's Lucas DiSilviera and Boston College's Kent Mukai. Although he came up just short in a marathon match against his teammate Heller in the quarterfinals, King's solid performance over the past two days has been notable.

Tyler Lu (Ivy Plus): Made a successful return to form against the Northeast region's most elite competition, recording a 6-4, 7-6(5) main draw victory over Wisconsin's Joe Dodridge, as well as a backdraw victory over Princeton's Diego Vives. His sole singles loss of the tournament came in the semifinals against the Tiger draw's No. 1 seed, Gabriel Friedrich.

Photos Photiades (CT Championships): Bounced back from a narrow main draw loss by topping Sacred Heart's Anthony Santino 6-0, 6-0 in the backdraw. As mentioned above, Photiades also achieved great success in doubles, and is set to play in Sunday's final alongside the freshman Adams.

James Ratchford (CT Championships): Represented the Bulldogs well in two singles matches, but was ultimately edged by opponents from Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart. As a valued veteran leader of the team, the senior's appearance in this tournament was applauded by all home spectators.

Dennis Wang (CT Championships): Following a tough loss to Quinnipiac's Patrick Cachapero in tournament's main draw, Wang notched an impressive victory over Marist's Dylan Fletcher in the backdraw, coming back from a significant deficit to win 1-6, 7-6(4), 10-7. The sophomore also teamed with Brown to reach the round of 16 in doubles.

Ziqi Wang (Ivy Plus): Entered the weekend with an unshakable focus, and has yet to lose a match in singles or doubles. Wang has turned heads in the tournament's Nassau singles draw with three consecutive victories over top players from Princeton, St. John's and Tennessee; most notable of these was a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 semifinal win over St. John's Dusan Vukicevic. In addition to competing in the finals of his singles draw on Sunday, Wang will also play in the final of the Dillon doubles draw alongside Doehler. 

 

Six Bulldogs who played in this weekend's tournaments remain in main draw play, and will compete for hardware tomorrow. Considering the level of competition at the two tournaments, this is no small feat; regardless of what happens on Sunday, the Elis can take pride in how well the team has performed to start the season.

Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity

Links to Full Draws Below: 

Ivy Plus

Connecticut State Championships