Cheng and King Clinch Doubles Point; Doehler, Heller, Z. Wang Notch Singles Victories as Yale Downs San Francisco, 4-0
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's tennis team extended its win streak to eight matches on Friday, notching an impressive 4-0 victory over the University of San Francisco at the California Tennis Club. This strong result came despite the Bulldogs' hectic travel schedule, which required them to take a cross-country flight on Thursday and allowed limited time to practice outdoors. Even in the face of these challenges, the Elis dictated Friday's match across the board, with junior Stefan Doehler emerging as a top performer after winning matches in both doulbes and singles.
Friday's match against San Francisco began with a highly competitive round of doubles. Veterans Doehler and Alex Hagermoser finished first for Yale at No. 1 doubles, converting on a crucial service break to down San Francisco's Johan Joenhagen and Mert Zincirli, 6-4. Doehler and Hagermoser have established impressive chemistry of late, and this result marked their third victory in four matches. After San Francisco's Paul Giraud and Oliver Poysti responded with a 6-4 win of their own over Yale's Tyler Lu and Ziqi Wang at the No. 3 spot, the pivotal doubles point fell on the shoulders of freshman duo Ryan Cheng and Dylan King. Facing a significant challenge in San Francisco's No. 2 team Jerod Mah and Ryan Marker, the freshmen played smart tennis, ultimately pulling away from a 5-5 deadlock to take the match 7-5 and clinch the doubles point for Yale.
Following this clutch performance in doubles, the Bulldogs entered Friday's singles round with high confidence. Doehler won his second match of the day with a 6-1, 6-4 win over San Franciso's Poysti at No. 4 singles; this result marked his seventh straight singles victory in what has been an impressive recent run of form. Freshman Andrew Heller went on to extend the Elis' lead to 3-0 with a convincing 6-2, 6-4 victory over San Francisco's Mah at No. 6 singles. Ziqi Wang then clinched the match for the Bulldogs at the No. 2 spot, edging San Francisco's Joenhagen 6-4, 6-3. This comfortable straight-set victory came almost as routine for the junior, who has compiled a remarkable 2017 singles record of 10-1; both he and the senior captain Lu (also 10-1 this spring) have established themselves as elite players in the top two singles positions.
Saturday's performance improves the Bulldogs' overall record on the season to 12-3. After yet another dominant victory, Yale will put its win streak on the line again in tomorrow's match against UC Davis. Saturday's match will begin at 12:00 p.m. PDT at UC Davis' Marya Welch Tennis Center.
Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity
FULL MATCH RESULTS – Yale 4, San Francisco 0
#1 Hagermoser/Doehler (Y) def. Joenhagen/Zincirli (SF), 6-4
#2 Cheng/King (Y) def. Marker/Mah (SF), 7-5
#3 Giraud/Poysti (SF) def. Lu/Z. Wang (Y), 6-4
#1 Lu (Y) vs. Zincirli (SF), DNF
#2 Z. Wang (Y) def. Joenhagen (SF), 6-4; 6-3
#3 King (Y) vs. Marker (SF), DNF
#4 Doehler (Y) def. Poysti (SF), 6-1; 6-4
#5 Cheng (Y) vs. Giraud (SF), DNF
#6 Heller (Y) def. Mah (SF), 6-2; 6-4