Will Join Four Teammates in Main Draw Play Friday
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The 2013 edition of the United States Tennis Association (USTA)/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northeast Regional Championships kicked off Thursday with qualifying action at Yale's Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center. The host team fielded four players in the singles qualifying bracket, with two successfully winning their pair of matches, giving the Bulldogs a total of six entries into the main draw.
Division I squads from around the region converged on the Cullman-Heyman Thursday for the start of the Northeast Regionals, one of the most significant events on the fall schedule. All participants, which include players from all eight Ivy League schools, are competing for the chance to take part in the prestigious USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in November. Thursday's action saw main draw hopefuls battling it out in qualifying, which made for some very entertaining tennis.
One of those players was Yale freshman Alex Hagermoser, who more than earned his way into the main draw with a pair of resilient three-set victories in qualifying. Initially, it seemed that Hagermoser's debut Regional tournament would be over before it had really begun, when his first round opponent, Ben Gilman of Lehigh, took the first set of their encounter 6-2. Just as he has done several times already in his freshman season, however, Hagermoser fought back strongly, rolling through the next two sets to claim the 2-6, 6-1, 6-0 victory. He carried this momentum over into his second match against David Raymond of Niagara, taking the first set, but Raymond managed to force a decider. Hagermoser soundly regrouped, ultimately clinching the triumph 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. Hagermoser was the only qualifier to earn his main draw berth by winning two three-set matches. In addition, he extends his current singles winning streak to five matches.
Junior Daniel Faierman also qualified for the main draw, though in different fashion. After holding tough in a tight first set against Inaki Belloso of Niagara, he found his range and qualified fairly comfortably, winning his match against Belloso 7-6, 6-2, and then notching a 6-3, 6-2 win over Thomas Spratt of Penn.
Also taking part in qualifying for the Elis were sophomore Jason Brown and junior Zachary Krumholz. Brown fought valiantly after losing his first set against Kelvin Lam of Harvard, but ultimately lost, 6-1, 6-4. Krumholz, on the other hand, did record a first round victory, over Jake Whalley of Fairleigh Dickinson, 7-6, 6-2, but dropped his second match to Dylan Brown of Cornell, 6-3, 6-4.
Friday is set to be the first day of main draw play, with first round doubles matches starting at 8:00 a.m at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center. Three Bulldog tandems will be in action—Brown and Hagermoser, the senior team of Patrick Chase and captain Kyle Dawson and the freshman-sophomore combination of Tyler Lu and Martin Svenning. One round of singles will follow thereafter, which means that Faierman and Hagermoser will join Dawson, Svenning and freshman Photos Photiades in their quest to advance. By virtue of his 9-16 seed, Lu has an automatic bye into the second round.
Yale's Thursday results can be found below, and full updated draws (including the main singles draw with qualifier placements) can be found at the following links:
All matches at the 2013 Northeast Regional Championships will be streamed live here.
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity
Singles Qualifying – First Round
Daniel Faierman (Yale) def. Inaki Belloso (Niagara), 7-6, 6-2
Alex Hagermoser (Yale) def. Ben Gilman (Lehigh), 2-6, 6-1, 6-0
Zachary Krumholz (Yale) def. Jake Whalley (FDU), 7-6, 6-2
Kelvin Lam (Harvard) def. Jason Brown (Yale), 6-1, 6-4
Singles Qualifying – Second (and Final) Round
Faierman (Yale) def. Thomas Spratt (Penn), 6-3, 6-2
Hagermoser (Yale) def. David Raymond (Niagara), 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
Dylan Brown (Cornell) def. Krumholz (Yale), 6-3, 6-4