Yale (5-3) to Face No. 26 Old Dominion (8-2) on Friday, Elon (5-5) on Sunday
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Following a highlight 4-0 victory over St. John's at last weekend's ECAC Championships, the Yale men's tennis team is poised to defend its home courts this weekend as they host two matches against Elon and Old Dominion. Although both opponents play in conferences outside the Northeast Region, the Bulldogs have some familiarity with Old Dominion after playing the Monarchs five times in the past six seasons. As this weekend's home action comes at a crucial time before the start of the Ivy League season on March 5 (the Elis will take on Brown a month before facing their second Ivy opponent), the players will be looking to hit their stride in these final two tune-up matches.
Yale's opponent on Friday, Old Dominion, has made an explosive start to the spring season by posting an 8-2 record and securing a No. 26 national ranking. Leading the way for the Monarchs is top singles player Adam Moundir, who has beaten several of the nation's top players en route to securing a national singles ranking of No. 32; Yale's Tyler Lu will face him at the right time, however, as the senior captain is currently riding a five-match win streak and making a strong case for national singles ranking of his own. Old Dominion also has impressive depth in its lineup, with No. 4 and 5 players Aziz Kijametovic and Javier Jover Maestre having lost just three singles matches between them this spring; Yale freshmen Ryan Cheng and Andrew Heller will likely face them in their toughest challenge to date. The home crowd will also be eager to watch junior Ziqi Wang's return to action this weekend, as the team truly felt his absence in the ECAC Championships.
Yale's opponent on Sunday, Elon, hails from the Colonial Athletic Association. After stumbling to a 1-5 record at the start of the spring season (including a 5-2 loss to Old Dominion), Elon has reversed its fortunes in February with four straight wins over high-quality teams. Playing at the middle of the lineup for Elon is senior Petar Tomic, a big server who also plays No. 1 doubles; Yale's Dylan King or Stefan Doehler will likely play against Tomic in the No. 2 or No. 3 singles position. King and Doehler have excelled in singles recently, with both notching straight-set victories in the recent win over St. John's. Senior Alex Hagermoser and Doehler have also paired up in the top doubles spot for the Elis this spring, and Sunday's match will pit them against Elon's Tomic and Chris Humphreys.
The spring season has started on a positive note for the Bulldogs, who will be looking to continue their positive momentum at home this weekend. Friday's match against Old Dominion will start at 2:00 p.m. at Yale's Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center.
Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity