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Bulldogs Set to Host Penn, Princeton

Bulldogs Set to Host Penn, Princeton

Yale (15-6) to Host Princeton (10-11) on Saturday, Penn (13-6) on Sunday 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's tennis team will host a pair of tough conference opponents this weekend, with Penn and Princeton set to come to New Haven. Currently boasting a 15-6 (1-2 Ivy) record, the Elis will feel confident against both opponents, especially considering their remarkable 8-1 record at home; neither Penn nor Princeton has recorded a conference victory thus far in the Ivy League season. Still, both teams rank among the top teams in the Northeast Region, and will pose a threat to a Yale side that is currently feeling the absence of freshman Ryan Cheng due to injury. 

Yale's opponent on Saturday, Princeton, began the season with a 10-6 record but has dropped its last five matches. Among the Tigers' top performers this year have been seniors Alex Day and Thomas Colautti, who have found success splitting matches at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles spots. They will likely face Yale's top players Tyler Lu (14-2) and Ziqi Wang (12-3), who have excelled for the Bulldogs this spring. Princeton's Day and Luke Gamble have also performed well at the No. 1 doubles position, and currently rank No. 31 in the nation; Yale's Fedor Andrienko and Alex Hagermoser, however, have yet to lose a match together and will be looking to make a statement by toppling the Tigers' star duo and recording their fourth consecutive win. The Elis' senior duo of Lu and Photos Photiades will also play a key role in Saturday's match, as the pair have won five of their last six matches and look to be a strong team at No. 3 doubles. 

While Yale's opponent on Sunday, Penn, recently dropped matches to Cornell and Columbia, the Quakers have one of the most talented rosters in the Ivy League; just two months ago on Feb. 19, they downed Harvard 4-2 in the ECAC Championships. One of Penn's top performers this season has been No. 3 singles player Josh Pompan, who has won nine of his last 10 matches; he will likely face his match in Yale freshman Dylan King on Sunday, who has notched an impressive streak of his own in singles with a 10-1 record in his last 11 matches. King's fellow freshman Andrew Heller will also have his hands full with Penn's No. 5 player Nicholai Westergaard, who has earned several key victories for the Quakers this season. Andrienko will also be looking to improve his record this spring at the No. 6 position, where he is set to face Penn's Max Cancilla (11-7).

This weekend poses another major test for the Bulldogs, who are hungry for their second win over Ivy League opposition. Yale's match against Princeton will kick off at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday; Sunday's clash with Penn will also start at 1:00 p.m. Both matches will be held on Yale's home courts. 

Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity