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Yale Set for ECAC Championships

Alex Hagermoser (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)
Alex Hagermoser (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)

4-1 Bulldogs to Face No. 2 Seed Cornell in First Round of Annual Indoor Tournament       

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a promising 4-1 start to the spring season, the Yale men's tennis team is looking to continue its fine form this weekend in Princeton at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Indoor Men's Tennis Championships. The prestigious ECAC Championships features the top teams in the Northeast Region each year, with Ivy League squads making up the majority of the field. The Bulldogs competed in this event as recently as last season, where they played rivals Harvard in the first round. Yale's first match of the tournament will come against No. 2 seed Cornell at 3:00 p.m. on Friday. If the Elis win Friday's match, they would advance to face either Harvard or Princeton in Saturday's second round.

Yale's first opponent of the weekend, Cornell, has excelled so far this season and is currently riding a six-match win streak. The Big Red's most recent result, a decisive 6-1 victory over St. John's, solidified its reputation as an elite team and earned the team several votes for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Top 25 rankings. Two of Cornell's players, Bernardo Casares Rosa and Colin Sinclair, remain unbeaten this spring and will likely pose a threat to Yale's Dennis Wang and Stefan Doehler at the No. 6 and No. 3 singles positions, respectively. Yale's No. 2 singles player Dylan King will also face a tough opponent in Cornell's Chris Vrabel, who is currently ranked No. 114 in the ITA national singles rankings. Against a team as tough as Cornell, the doubles point will also be crucial; as such, Yale doubles players Alex Hagermoser and Photos Photiades may also have the chance to shine. 

Despite the strength of their opposition this weekend, the Elis will be confident in their ability to secure a positive result. If healthy, senior captain Tyler Lu will likely assume a significant role in the team's success; the veteran Bulldog has won four straight singles matches and looks to be playing some of the best tennis of his illustrious collegiate career. Freshmen Ryan Cheng and Andrew Heller have also shown their quality this season, with both players boasting winning records in singles and doubles.

Finding success in this weekend's tournament represents Yale's most daunting task since the turn of the new year, and may even shape the Bulldogs' attitude toward the upcoming Ivy League season.

Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity

2017 ECAC Championships – Full Match Schedule

Friday, February 17
Match 1: 4 University of Pennsylvania vs. 5 Dartmouth University Time: 9:00 a.m.
Match 2: 1 Columbia University vs. 8 St. John's University Time: 12:00 p.m.
Match 3: 2 Cornell University vs. 7 Yale University Time: 3:00 p.m.
Match 4: 3 Princeton University vs. Harvard University Time: 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 18
Match 5: Loser of Match 1 vs. Loser of Match 2 Time: 9:00 a.m.
Match 6: Winner of Match 1 vs. Winner of Match 2 Time: 12:00 p.m.
Match 7: Winner of Match 3 vs. Winner of Match 4 Time: 3:00 p.m.
Match 8: Loser of Match 3 vs. Loser of Match 4 Time 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 19
Match 9: Loser of Match 5 vs. Loser of Match 8 Time: 8:00 a.m.
Match 10: Loser of Match 6 vs. Loser of Match 7 Time: 10:00 a.m.
Match 11: Winner of Match 6 vs. Winner of Match 7 Time: 1:00 p.m.
Match 12: Winner of Match 5 vs. Winner of Match 8 Time: 4:00 p.m.