No. 59 Yale Falls to No. 38 Virginia Tech

Martin Svenning. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Martin Svenning. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Lu's Winning Streak Ends in Elis' 7-0 Loss

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Yale men's tennis team came up against a first-rate opponent in No. 38 Virginia Tech on Sunday at the Hokies' Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center.  Though the Bulldogs stood resilient, Virginia Tech came away with the 7-0 victory.  With the loss, the Elis will return home from their trip to Virginia with a 1-1 record to start the season, ready to take to their home courts in the upcoming weeks.

In doubles, the Hokies secured the point with a pair of wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles.  Notably, however, No. 1 doubles saw a high-quality contest between Yale's duo of freshman Tyler Lu and sophomore Martin Svenning and Virginia Tech's tandem of Amerigo Contini and Andreas Bjerrehus, a pair that is the No. 23 doubles team in the nation.  Lu and Svenning did not allow the high ranking of their opponents rattle them, and the match was locked at 5-4 when Virginia Tech wrapped up the doubles point at the No. 3 spot.   

In singles play, Contini and Bjerrehus also got the better of Lu and Svenning, respectively.  Lu, who had been riding a six-match winning streak dating back to the Connecticut State Championships in October, put up a strong fight against Contini, the No. 26 singles player in the country.  Ultimately, however, Contini managed to edge Lu in two tight sets, 6-5(5), 6-4.  At No. 5 singles, freshman Photos Photiades also tested a higher-ranked Virginia Tech opponent, No. 122 Aaron Gomez, before succumbing in straight sets, 6-2, 6-5(3).    

Yale (1-1, 0-0 Ivy) will now have two weeks of rest and recovery before returning to match play against East Tennessee on Sunday, Feb. 2.  This time, however, the Bulldogs will showcase their tennis on their home courts.  The match against East Tennessee will be the first of seven consecutive matches at home for the Bulldogs. 

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity

 Position  Virginia Tech  Yale University  Winner  Score
 #1 Singles  #26 Amerigo Contini  Tyler Lu  Virginia Tech  6-5 (5) 6-4
 #2 Singles  #60 Andreas Bjerrehus  Martin Svenning  Virginia Tech  6-3 6-2
 #3 Singles  Hunter Koontz  Daniel Faierman  Virginia Tech  6-4 6-4
 #4 Singles  Joao Monteiro  Kyle Dawson  Virginia Tech  6-4 6-4
 #5 Singles  #122 Aaron Gomez  Photos Photiades  Virginia Tech  6-2 6-5 (3)
 #6 Singles  Jai Corbett  Zach Krumholz  Virginia Tech  6-4 6-0
 #1 Doubles  #23Amerigo Contini
 Andreas Bjerrehus
 Tyler Lu
 Martin Svenning
 Unfinished  5-4
 #2 Doubles  Hunter Koontz
 Joao Monteiro
 Patrick Chase
 Kyle Dawson
 Virginia Tech  6-1
 #3 Doubles  Hunter Koontz
 Nicholas Wilson
 Daniel Faierman
 Alex Hagermoser
 Virginia Tech  6-4