Hagermoser, Heller, Photiades Notch Singles Victories; Cheng and Heller Win in Doubles
HANOVER, NH -- Members of the Yale men's tennis team concluded their weekend in Hanover with both doubles and singles action on Sunday. Headed into Sunday, the Bulldogs had enjoyed a successful first two days at the Dartmouth Invitational against competitors from Amherst, Binghamton, Brown and Dartmouth. To a greater extent than the previous two days, Sunday featured close, competitive matches across the board; four of the day's seven singles matches made it to a third set, and the majority of the doubles matches were decided by a single service break.
Sunday's doubles action saw four Yale pairings take on opposing teams from the Ivy League. Juniors Stefan Doehler and Ziqi Wang played one of the tightest matches of the day against Dartmouth's Max Schmidt and David Horneffer; although the Bulldogs fought hard and came within a few shots of winning the match, it was ultimately the Dartmouth players who emerged victorious in an 8-7(5) match. Yale's Nathan Brown and Dennis Wang also played well in a narrow defeat, falling 8-6 to Brown's Charles Tan and Mladen Mitak. Freshmen Ryan Cheng and Andrew Heller recorded the Elis' lone doubles win on Sunday, showing excellent teamwork in a comprehensive 8-4 victory over Dartmouth's Eddie Grabill and Paul Midgley. After winning the Connecticut State Championships a few weeks ago and posting a 7-1 doubles record together so far, Cheng and Heller already look to be one of Yale's strongest doubles teams.
In singles, senior Alex Hagermoser led the way with a dominant 6-1, 6-2 victory over Amherst's Zach Bessette; the remaining matches, however, were much more competitive. Brown nearly completed a dramatic comeback in a 6-4, 4-6, 10-4 loss; Fedor Andrienko also came just a few points away from victory in a marathon 5-7, 6-4, 13-11 defeat to Brown's Jacob Walker. Andrew Heller and Photos Photiades' matches were similarly tight, decided by just a few swings of the racket. After losing his first set 6-1 to Amherst's Burney, Heller rebounded in clutch fashion to take the next set 6-4 and win the ensuing super tiebreak, 10-8. The senior Photiades, in contrast, was forced to fend off a comeback by his opponent, who took the second set after losing the first; the veteran Bulldog showed remarkable poise in the super tiebreak, however, and ultimately came away with a 6-3, 3-6, 12-10 victory over Amherst's Nathan Kaplan.
This past weekend's matches were fiercely competitive, and the Elis will return to New Haven having earned valuable match experience. As the season progresses and results become increasingly important, this match experience (and success) against strong competition may prove invaluable for the players. As for the near future, several members of the team are expected to qualify for and compete in the Penn-hosted USTA/ITA Regionals on Oct. 20.
Report by Cameron Ferguson'18, Yale Sports Publicity
FULL RESULTS – Dartmouth Invitational, Day Three
Schmidt/Horneffer (Dart) def Wang/Doehler 8-7 (5)
Glasnovic/Pedraza (Dart) def Hagermoser/Andrienko 8-6
Heller/Cheng def Midgley/Grabill (Dart) 8-4
Tan/Mitak (Brown) def Brown/DWang 8-6
Grabill (Dart) def Cheng 7-6 (3) 6-2
Haig (Dart) def Wang 6-2 6-2
Hagermoser def Bessette (Amherst) 6-1 6-2
Bouchet (Bing) def Brown 6-4 4-6 10-4
Walker (Brown) def Andrienko 5-7 6-3 13-11
Heller def Burney (Amherst) 1-6 6-4 10-8
Photiades def Kaplan (Amherst) 6-3 3-6 12-10