April 17, 2014

Yale to Challenge No. 34 Harvard and No. 41 Dartmouth

Friday's Match against Big Green is Last Match at Home

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Another busy weekend lies ahead for the Yale men's tennis team, as the Ivy League season enters its final stages.  The Bulldogs will contest their final home match of the season on Friday at 1:00 p.m. against No. 41 Dartmouth.  The Elis will then receive one day of rest before traveling north to square off against perennial rival No. 34 Harvard starting at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. 

Yale began the Ivy League season with a loss to No. 61 Princeton and a victory over Penn.  Last weekend, No. 52 Cornell narrowly edged the Elis, and No. 19 Columbia got the better of Yale as well.  With three matches remaining in the season, Yale will aim to finish on a high note.  The Bulldogs will take an 8-4 home record into their match against the Big Green, and will look to notch their second away win of the season when they take on the Crimson.

The battle for the doubles point proved to be a turning point in Yale's matches against Cornell and Penn.  The talented duo of freshman Tyler Lu and sophomore Martin Svenning will lead Yale's efforts to gain that early advantage.  Playing at the No. 2 position is the dependable tandem of senior Patrick Chase and captain Kyle Dawson.  Rounding out the Bulldogs' doubles lineup is the team of junior Daniel Faierman and freshman Alex Hagermoser.  All six of these players will need to be in good form this weekend, as both opponents' rosters feature nationally ranked teams.  Cameron Ghorbani and Brendan Tannebaum rank at No. 30 for Dartmouth, while Harvard's squad boasts the No. 12 duo of Casey MacMaster and Denis Nguyen, as well as the No. 72 pairing of Nicky Hu and Brian Yeung. 

Lu, back up at No. 105 in the national rankings, heads Yale's singles lineup.  Lu has had mixed results in his rookie Ivy League season, but still maintains an impressive 15-3 overall record.  Faierman, Svenning and junior Zachary Krumholz have also seen mixed results so far in conference play, but each has scored at least one win.  Krumholz was the sole Bulldog victor in the match against Princeton.  Dawson and freshman Photos Photiades complete Yale's singles lineup.  In addition to Lu, the other nationally ranked singles player in action this weekend will be No. 40 Denis Nguyen of Harvard.

Dartmouth and Harvard are both currently tied for second position in the Ivy League standings.  Each team has a 3-1 record; the Crimson have won three matches in a row, while the Big Green have won two straight.  Dartmouth enters Friday's match with a 16-5 record, while Harvard carries a 14-6 record into Sunday's encounter. 

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity

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