Bulldogs Go Undefeated in All Matches
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's tennis team earned two resounding victories on Sunday, giving itself some momentum heading into the Ivy League portion of the season. No. 68 Yale made good use of its home court advantage to take out both Fordham and Bryant by 7-0 margins. The Bulldogs did not lose a single match over the course of the day.
The Elis started on a solid note, prevailing in two doubles matches against Fordham to claim the doubles point. Yale's No. 1 duo of freshman Tyler Lu and sophomore Martin Svenning led the way with an 8-5 victory over Mischa Koran and Mad Najfeld. Cementing the advantage for the Bulldogs was the No. 3 team of junior Daniel Faierman and freshman Alex Hagermoser.
Yale maintained its good form in singles, rattling off six victories. At No. 6 singles, senior Patrick Chase won his match against Max Peara with the loss of just one game. Faierman and freshman Photos Photiades also recorded "bagel" (6-0) sets in their matches at No. 3 and No. 4 singles, respectively. Svenning picked up a win when his opponent retired due to injury. At the No. 5 spot, junior Zachary Krumholz showed great mental strength when he recovered from a slow start to claim his match against Koran in a third-set tiebreaker. This was Krumholz's third triumph in a row, setting him up well for the Ivy stretch. Lu, ranked No. 98 in the nation, also came from behind to upend Najfeld in three sets.
Despite it being their third match in two days, the Bulldogs did not show any weariness once they retook to the court against Bryant. The Elis secured the doubles point, with both the No. 1 and No. 3 teams once again posting the two needed victories. The win at the No. 3 spot marks the eleventh consecutive time that Faierman has been on the winning side of the doubles net, and the ninth straight time for Hagermoser. Together, Faierman and Hagermoser have won nine doubles matches in a row.
The Elis replicated their effort from just a few hours prior when they squared off against Bryant's players in singles. Notably, all six of Yale's players in the singles lineup against Bryant will enter the Ivy League season on match winning streaks. In defeating Dana Parziale 6-2, 1-6, 6-0, Lu extends his winning streak to six matches. Faierman's streak now stands at five matches after he won his match against Ernesto Arguelo for the loss of just one game. Photiades and Svenning also cruised to straight-set victories. Along with Hagermoser, who needed three sets to dismiss Christian Duarte, Photiades and Svenning will head into conference play having won their last two singles matches. Finally, senior captain Kyle Dawson returned to his winning ways with a 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 comeback victory against Max Vogt.
With an 11-4 season record in tow, Yale will commence its Ancient Eight matchups starting in one week's time. The Elis will begin their Ivy season on the road. They travel to challenge No. 56 Princeton on Saturday, Apr. 5, and then head north to play Penn on Sunday, Apr. 6.
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity
For full results from Sunday's matches, please see the ITA results page here.