April 5, 2014

Yale Starts Ivy Season with 6-1 Loss to No. 60 Princeton on the Road

Krumholz Wins in Singles; Photiades Loses Thriller

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Yale men's tennis team suffered a 6-1 defeat to No. 60 Princeton in its first conference match of the season on Saturday.  Playing at the Tigers' Jadwin Gym, Yale challenged its higher-ranked rival, but Princeton countered the Elis' resistance and came away with the victory.  The match still featured some highlights for the Bulldogs, as junior Zachary Krumholz scored a decisive win, and freshman Photos Photiades took part in a marathon match. 

The winner of the all-important doubles point was decided by the narrowest of margins.  Princeton gained the early lead when its No. 3 doubles team of Thomas Colautti and Joshua Yablon handed Yale's duo of junior Daniel Faierman and freshman Alex Hagermoser its first loss in 10 matches.  Yale quickly responded with a win at No. 2 doubles.  Senior Patrick Chase and senior captain Kyle Dawson upended Dan Davies and Ben Quazzo 8-5.  The tide then turned back in the Tigers' favor when Alexander Day and Zack McCourt edged freshman Tyler Lu and sophomore Martin Svenning in a tiebreaker, 8-7(4). 

Despite Yale's best efforts, Princeton managed to stay the course once the focus turned to singles.  The Tigers sealed the match by claiming victories at the top three singles spots.  McCourt upset No. 98 Lu to break the six-match winning streak of Yale's No. 1 player.  At No. 3 singles, Faierman's run of five consecutive wins ended with a 6-3, 6-1 loss to Yablon.  In the wake of the overall defeat, Krumholz provided a bright spot for the Elis when he completed a 6-1, 6-4 win over Davies at No. 6 singles for his fourth win in a row.  At the No. 5 position, Photiades made an epic Ivy League debut against Princeton's Augie Bloom.  While he ultimately fell short, Photiades did well to push the match to a thrilling conclusion in a third set super-tiebreaker.  The final score was 7-5, 4-6, 1-0(12) in favor of Bloom.

Yale will look to put Saturday's loss behind them, as the squad takes to the court on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. to square off against Penn.  This encounter, Yale's second of the Ivy League season, will also take place on the road, at Penn's home venue. 

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity

No. 60 Princeton def. Yale, 6-1

Doubles (Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1)

(1) Alexander Day/Zack McCourt (Princeton) def. Tyler Lu/Martin Svenning (Yale), 8-7(4)

(2) Patrick Chase/Kyle Dawson (Yale) def. Dan Davies/Ben Quazzo (Princeton), 8-5

(3) Thomas Colautti/Joshua Yablon (Princeton) def. Daniel Faierman/Alex Hagermoser (Yale), 8-2

Singles (Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2, 6, 4, 5)

(1) McCourt (Princeton) def. Lu (Yale), 6-1, 7-6

(2) Colautti (Princeton) def. Svenning (Yale), 6-3, 7-6

(3) Yablon (Princeton) def. Faierman (Yale), 6-3, 6-1

(4) Day (Princeton) def. Dawson (Yale), 6-2, 3-6, 2-0 (ret.)

(5) Augie Bloom (Princeton) def. Photos Photiades (Yale), 7-5, 4-6, 1-0(12)

(6) Zachary Krumholz (Yale) def. Davies (Princeton), 6-1, 6-4

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