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Bulldogs Gear up for ITA Regionals

Stefan Doehler. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Stefan Doehler. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Six Players to Compete in Main Draw Singles; Two Players to Compete in Qualifying Singles at ITA Northeast Regional Championships

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After being selected by the ITA for their high level of play, eight members of the Yale men's tennis team are set to compete in one of the most prestigious men's Division I events of the year – the ITA Northeast Regional Championships. This massive event, which will take place over the course of six days (Oct. 20 – 25) at Penn's Hecht Tennis Center, will feature the best tennis that the Northeast region has to offer.  The Northeast Regionals also serve as a qualifier, with the tournament champions gaining automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in early November. The tournament traditionally begins with qualifying singles and doubles on the first day, followed by main draw action for the next four days, and concluding with the championship matches on the final day.

Such a packed schedule suggests that the Bulldogs will be extremely busy over fall break, potentially playing six straight days of intense tennis. The eight players who will represent Yale in the tournament, however, look well prepared for the task. Senior Alex Hagermoser and freshman Andrew Heller will be the first to take the court for the Elis in the event's qualifying singles draw, facing competitors from Boston College and Princeton, respectively. As for Yale's six other players in the tournament (Fedor Andrienko, Ryan Cheng, Stefan Doehler, Dylan King, Tyler Lu and Ziqi Wang), they will all take the court on the event's second day for main draw singles action.

All eight Bulldogs competing this week have started the season well, fully earning their selection into the ITA Northeast Regional Championships. One particular storyline to follow this week will be the performance of freshmen Cheng (9-2), Heller (9-3) and King (11-1), whose stellar performance thus far has undoubtedly caught the attention of Yale's regional rivals. The senior captain Lu, who missed this event last year due to injury, will also look to make his mark and potentially qualify for November's Intercollegiate Championships. Still, for all eight Yale competitors, this week's event represents more than just the fall season's final tournament; success at the Northeast Regionals would set the tone for an equally strong spring campaign. 

Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity

ITA Northeast Regionals – Main Draw Singles

ITA Northeast Regionals – Qualifying Draw Singles