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Tyler Lu (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)
Tyler Lu (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)

King, Lu Advance to Round of 16; Doehler and Hagermoser Reach Third Round in Doubles

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Coming off a strong performance on Friday, members of the Yale men's tennis team headed into Saturday's action at the ITA Northeast Regional Championships with a positive attitude. Competition promised to be tough across the board, with the Bulldogs facing elite players from the Northeast region; by the end of the day, however, the Elis had found significant success and proven themselves in both doubles and singles. Most notable was the performance of Dylan King and Tyler Lu, both of whom won their singles matches to advance to the round of 16 in main draw singles. 

Doubles play on Saturday brought mixed results for the Bulldogs, with just one team – Stefan Doehler and Alex Hagermoser – advancing by virtue of an 8-4 victory over Dartmouth's Schmidt and Horneffer, who were seeded highly in the doubles draw. Lu and Ziqi Wang also played well together, nearly coming away with the victory in an 8-7 loss to Penn's Pompan and Spratt.

As for singles, the Elis excelled on Saturday with a number of positive results. Freshman Dylan King posted back-to-back straight-set victories, the first over Colgate's Bobby Alter and the second over Cornell's Pietro Rimondini. King has built an impressive amount of momentum lately, and Saturday's result improved his singles record on the season to 13-1. Fellow freshman Andrew Heller also secured a singles win on Saturday, topping Boston College's Hank Workman in a thrilling 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3 match; Heller met his match in the next round, however, falling to Dartmouth's Charlie Broom 6-4, 6-2. 

Senior captain Tyler Lu notched a pair of quality singles victories as well, cruising to a 6-1, 6-2 win over Wagner's Anatoliy Lashkul in the first round, followed by a three-set victory over Brown's Peter Litsky in the round of 32. Lu has truly led by example this season, jumping out to an 8-3 singles record in his first 11 matches. Yale's Ziqi Wang also posted a three-set victory on Saturday, prevailing over Princeton's Payton Holden 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the second round of the main draw; fatigue may have set in for his second match of the day, however, as the Yale junior came up just short in a 6-3, 6-4 loss to Columbia star William Matheson.

On a day that held mixed results in doubles, the Bulldogs can take some definite positives away from their singles performance on Saturday. Tomorrow's action will see several Yale players compete in both doubles and singles (full draws can be found below).

Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity

ITA Northeast Regionals – Main Draw Singles

ITA Notheast Regionals – Main Draw Doubles