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Unbeaten Bulldogs Prepare for Busy Weekend

Stefan Doehler (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)
Stefan Doehler (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)

Yale (2-0) to Face Army, Furman and Loyola Marymount in Army-Hosted Event

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After securing back-to-back home victories to begin the spring season, the Yale men's tennis team is set to travel to West Point this weekend to compete against three other teams in a round-robin format. Although two of the Bulldogs' upcoming opponents --Furman and Loyola Marymount -- play outside the Northeast Region, the Elis have faced each of them at least once since 2015. As for the annual clash with Army, Yale has consistently held the upper hand, going unbeaten in the two teams' last seven meetings. According to schedule, the Bulldogs will face Army at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, followed by a match against Loyola Marymount that night at 6:00 p.m.; the Elis will then finish off the weekend by taking on Furman at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Yale's second opponent, Loyola Marymount, features a talented lineup full of youth; five freshmen currently occupy spots on the team's 12-man roster. The Lions, who topped the Elis 5-2 in the two teams' last meeting in 2015, will be looking to bounce back from a 7-0 loss to Pepperdine in their first match of the spring season. Yale's No. 1 singles player Tyler Lu will likely have his hands full with Loyola Marymount's Nick Borchenko, a 6'6" sophomore who recorded several impressive singles victories in the fall. Yale's Stefan Doehler will also face a tough opponent in Loyola Marymount senior Luke Bohuslav, who has started in singles for the Lions since his freshman year. In what promises to be a tight matchup, veterans Doehler and Alex Hagermoser will also be called upon to secure a result over Loyola Marymount's No. 1 doubles pairing, Lukas Moenter and Gabriel Diaz Freire.

Yale's other two opponents – Army (2-0) and Furman (1-2) – will both be looking for redemption after falling to the Elis by the identical score of 5-2 last season. The Elis' dynamic freshman trio of Ryan Cheng (11-4), Andrew Heller (12-6), and Dylan King (15-2) will be fresh faces to both teams, however, and will play a key role in Yale's success in singles on Sunday. King, in particular, has gathered momentum in recent months with a 9-1 record in his last 10 singles matches; if the freshman's success continues this weekend, he will have made a strong case to solidify himself at Yale's No. 3 singles spot. Undefeated Army looks markedly improved this year, with Myles Conlin and Michael Nguyen looking especially formidable at No. 2 doubles; Yale's Lu and Ziqi Wang will need to rise to the occasion to beat the Army pairing.

With the spring season kicking into full gear, Yale already looks like it has the talent to contend for a top spot in the Ivy League. This weekend's matches will put that talent to the test.

Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity