Elis Look to Past Success at Annual Invite
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's tennis team is set to resume its fall schedule this weekend in West Point, N.Y., where it will take part in the West Point Fall Quad, an invite hosted by Army. Players from Army and Yale will be joined by players from Boston College and St. Bonaventure in what promises to be a fast-paced weekend of singles and doubles play at Army's home courts. The action is slated to begin on Saturday and will carry over into Sunday.
Freshman Tyler Lu enters this weekend's event surging with confidence after having recently triumphed in the 'B' singles draw at the Ivy Plus Invitational. Lu's sterling run on his home courts included two wins over Harvard opponents, as well as victories over players from St. John's and UNC Wilmington. Fellow freshman Alex Hagermoser has also enjoyed a fine start to his collegiate career. After picking up three wins at the Princeton-Farnsworth Invitational, Hagermoser reached the semifinals of his draw at the Ivy Plus. Photos Photiades is another first-year Bulldog who has already adjusted well to college tennis, as he impressed two weeks ago in wins over two different Dartmouth opponents. Finally, though he is still looking for his first singles win this season, freshman James Ratchford will likely draw confidence from having taken a set off his more experienced teammate, senior Patrick Chase, at the Ivy Plus.
For his part, Chase had mixed results in doubles at the Ivy Plus, playing alongside Lu, but this weekend's lineup provides the perfect opportunity for the veteran and rookie to hone their skills as a team. Meanwhile, the outlook for sophomore Jason Brown and juniors Daniel Faierman and Zachary Krumholz is bright, as these three players all exhibited trademark mental and physical toughness at the Ivy Plus by recording hard-fought wins. A rejuvenated Martin Svenning and senior Tommy Ratchford are also primed to pick up confidence at the West Point Fall Quad. Finally, senior captain Kyle Dawson, who defeated a player from Army at the Ivy Plus, will look to anchor his team's success in singles this weekend.
This annual invite has historically been a very successful event for the Elis. Last year's edition, hosted by Yale, was no exception. The Bulldogs put on a dazzling display at their home courts to post no less than 31 singles victories and 10 doubles victories over a two-day period. Their final combined win-loss record for the weekend was 41-3, with nearly every player on the squad notching multiple singles and doubles victories.
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity