Lu Wins Second Singles Title of Debut Season, Also Wins Doubles Alongside Photiades
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – For the third consecutive year, members of the Yale men's tennis team finished the Connecticut State Championships with both the singles and doubles titles in hand. Sunday's matches at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center were a treat for the home fans, as the event's singles semifinals showcased an all-Yale lineup, and the doubles final featured a Bulldog duo. When all was said and done, it was two Eli freshmen who emerged victorious in Yale's last tournament of the fall season.
One semifinal pitted two Yale veterans against each other, both of whom had never reached the final of the Connecticut State Championships. Junior Zachary Krumholz, a semifinalist at this event two years ago, had steadily improved his form throughout the weekend, and was looking to draw confidence from his third round comeback win. Senior Patrick Chase, meanwhile, was aiming to make the most of his final Connecticut State Championships. After two sets of evenly-matched tennis, it was Krumholz who advanced to the final with a 6-4, 6-4 win.
The other semifinal featured the two players on the Yale squad who have posted the most consistent results this season. That both of these players are freshmen signals brightly for the future of the Yale team. Alex Hagermoser entered this match with a 14-4 win-loss mark, while Tyler Lu came into the encounter with a 12-3 record and only one loss at home. Fittingly, these two talented players produced one of the best matches of the tournament. After splitting the first two sets, both in tiebreakers, a third-set tiebreaker was needed to decide the outcome. In the end, Lu narrowly edged his classmate, but both freshmen competed admirably.
In the final, Lu managed to upend Krumholz in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. In doing so, Lu finishes the fall season with a 14-3 record and claims his second title of the year. His first singles crown came at the Ivy Plus Invitational, which also took place at home. Furthermore, Lu's victory means that for the second straight year, a Yale freshman clinches the title by defeating an older teammate. Last year, Jason Brown, then a freshman, bested Daniel Hoffman '13 in the final.
History also repeated itself in the doubles draw, as a Yale tandem claimed victory in the doubles final for a third consecutive year. This time, however, it was a freshman pairing that did the honors, as Lu teamed up with classmate Photos Photiades to overcome Fairfield's duo of Cameron Amyot and Ian Tesmond, 8-5. With Lu contributing to the triumph, this is the first time in the last three editions of the Connecticut State Championships that the same Yale player has pulled double duty.
Sunday's finals marked the end of the Bulldogs' fall season. The next time the Elis take to the court will be on Jan. 18, 2014, in Blacksburg, Va., where they will face Davidson and Virginia Tech in a doubleheader weekend.
Yale's Sunday results can be found below, and all final results from the 2013 Connecticut State Championships can be found at the following links:
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity
Singles – Semifinals
Tyler Lu (Yale) def. Alex Hagermoser (Yale), 5-6, 6-5, 1-0
Zachary Krumholz (Yale) def. Patrick Chase (Yale), 6-4, 6-4
Singles – Final
Lu (Yale) def. Krumholz (Yale), 6-4, 6-4
Doubles – Final
Lu/Photos Photiades (Yale) def. Cameron Amyot/Ian Tesmond (Fairfield), 8-5