Fairfield and Georgetown Slated as Visiting Squads
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's tennis team is preparing for the challenge of a single-day doubleheader on Saturday, as the squad is set to take on both Fairfield and Georgetown back-to-back. Playing at home for the second weekend in a row, No. 65 Yale will go up against Georgetown first at 12:00 p.m., and will then look to recover quickly for a match against Fairfield soon thereafter, starting at approximately 4:00 p.m.
The Elis will aim to get back on track Saturday after having dropped their last two matches. Despite having fallen short in their match against East Tennessee, however, the Bulldogs will gain heart from the competitiveness of the matchup and their ability to pressure visiting opponents with three-set matches. Yale will look to gain the upper hand on its home turf, where it has lost just three non-Ivy matches since this time last year.
Though they narrowly ceded the doubles point against East Tennessee, the Bulldogs displayed their doubles prowess nonetheless. While the team of sophomore Jason Brown and freshman Alex Hagermoser lost the deciding match, the duo showed its potential as a talented No. 3 pairing and made its opponents earn their 6-5 victory. Anchoring Yale's doubles efforts at No. 2 doubles are two veterans, senior Patrick Chase and team captain Kyle Dawson. Finally, playing at the No. 1 spot for Yale is the tandem of freshman Tyler Lu and sophomore Martin Svenning, a formidable pair. In this Saturday's doubleheader, Lu will try to extend his current streak of six straight doubles wins. This current streak dates back to the Connecticut State Championships in October.
In singles, the Bulldogs will likewise have a solid lineup with Lu leading the way at the No. 1 position. Dawson, Svenning and junior Daniel Faierman will also play key roles in singles. In addition, freshman Photos Photiades will be back and raring to play after his invaluable experience this past weekend competing for his native country of Cyprus in the first round of the 2014 Davis Cup.
While Yale has not faced Georgetown in recent years, the Bulldogs did take to the court against Fairfield last year, and at home. The outcome of that match, a 9-0 sweep in favor of the Elis, bodes well for this Saturday's encounters.
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity