2015-16 Yale Men's Tennis News

  • Brown Honored at Senior Student-Athlete Reception
    May 21, 2016
    Nine seniors and one team were honored by the Yale Athletics Department with awards at the annual senior student-athlete reception Saturday afternoon at the Lanman Center in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The men’s fencing team earned the Brodhead Award for highest team grade point average. Grace Brittan (Littleton, Colo.) of the women’s cross country and track & field teams and Sebby Little (Cheshire, Conn.) of the football team were the recipients of the Ford Student-Athlete Community Outreach Award. Eric Anderson (Chicago, Ill.) of the coed sailing team, Jason Brown (Deerfield, Ill.) of the men’s tennis team and Maya Midzik (Brookline, Mass.) of the volleyball team were the recipients of the Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award. Tyler Detorie (Canton, Conn.) of the men’s soccer team and Deanna Song (Granger, Ind.) of the women’s golf team were the recipients of the Meyer Humanitarian Award. Brittany Labbadia (Berlin, Conn.) of the softball team and Michael Quinn (Port Washington, N.Y.) of the men’s lacrosse team were the recipients of the Amanda Walton Award.
  • Brown Edges Yale in Thriller
    April 23, 2016
    The Yale men’s tennis team played its final match of the season on Saturday, taking on Brown away from home in one of the most thrilling season finales in recent memory. In a back-and-forth marathon affair, both sides competed with fierce intensity and showed why the Ivy League is truly one of the strongest conferences in the country. Although the Bears ultimately won Saturday’s clash by a single-point margin, the Bulldogs can exit with heads high after an impressive all-around performance; particularly remarkable was the performance of Yale’s Fedor Andrienko, Alex Hagermoser and Photos Photiades, who all claimed three-set singles victories over tough opponents.
  • Svenning Stars in Loss to No. 36 Dartmouth
    April 17, 2016
    The Yale men’s tennis team played its penultimate match of the season on Sunday, hosting nationally ranked Dartmouth in a competitive conference clash. Heading into Sunday’s match, the Bulldogs anticipated a significant challenge – the Big Green (ranked No. 36 nationally) had won four consecutive matches and looked to be a legitimate Ivy League title contender. Considering the Elis were lacking the service of top player Tyler Lu, their performance on Sunday in a 4-1 loss was more than respectable; not only did senior Martin Svenning win both of his matches, but two other players also held an advantage in singles when the match was stopped.
  • No. 48 Harvard Outlasts Yale
    April 15, 2016
    The Yale men’s tennis team opened its weekend on Friday with a long-awaited rivalry clash with nationally ranked Harvard. Playing away from home at the Crimson’s Murr Center, the Bulldogs came into the match as significant underdogs; Harvard had built up impressive momentum with wins over Penn and No. 46 Princeton the previous weekend. So although Friday evening saw Harvard emerge with a 5-2 victory, the final score line does not speak nearly enough to Yale’s fierce, resilient play on the day. Indeed, in a match that was ultimately decided by a three-set battle between Fedor Andrienko and Harvard’s Sebastian Beltrame, just a handful of points might have changed the outcome of this year’s rivalry match.
  • No. 54 Cornell Edges Yale in Marathon Match
    April 10, 2016
    The Yale men’s tennis team played its second home match of the weekend on Sunday, battling nationally ranked Cornell in what would go down as the closest match of the season. In a match that featured a staggering number of three-set singles matches (five), the Elis demonstrated just how much they have progressed since losing top player Tyler Lu to injury a few months ago; although such a setback may have disheartened another squad, the Bulldogs have rallied together and shown the ability to compete with the nation’s most elite opponents. So despite Sunday’s final score line – a 5-2 Cornell victory – Yale will look to upcoming matches with optimism, especially considering the quality play of sophomores Fedor Andrienko and Stefan Doehler this past weekend.
  • Sophomores Shine in Loss
    April 09, 2016
    The Yale men’s tennis team played its third match of the Ivy League season on Saturday, hosting nationally ranked Columbia in a tightly contested match. Heading into Saturday’s match, the Bulldogs knew that the Lions – who currently rank No. 26 in the nation and are considered conference title favorites – would pose a significant challenge. As anticipated, the opposition played a strong match across the board on Saturday; and although the Elis ultimately ended up on the wrong side of a 5-2 match, they can take a considerable amount of pride in the performance of two star sophomores: Fedor Andrienko and Stefan Doehler.
  • Columbia, Cornell Set to Visit
    April 06, 2016
    The Yale men’s tennis team will remain in New Haven this weekend to host nationally ranked opponents Columbia (on Saturday) and Cornell (on Sunday). After falling just short of upsets over Penn and Princeton last weekend, the Bulldogs look poised to break out in their second weekend of Ivy League action; their opponents, however, boast two of the best records in the Northeast. While Columbia (13-5, 3-0 Ivy) assumes the mantle of title favorite following victories over four teams in the top 45 nationally (Dartmouth, SMU, Stanford and Vanderbilt), Cornell (8-10, 1-2 Ivy) has also excelled this season with two 4-1 wins over No. 47 Harvard. Against such stiff competition, the Elis will look to feed off the support of their home fans, who have cheered them on to an impressive 8-3 record at home this season.
  • Narrow Loss Shows Improvement
    April 03, 2016
    After a contested affair with Penn on Saturday, the Yale men’s tennis team played its second match of the Ivy League season on Sunday against nationally ranked Princeton. Headed into the match, the Bulldogs anticipated a huge challenge – in addition to holding a top 35 national ranking, the Tigers beat three Ivy League opponents (Brown, Cornell and Penn) en route to winning the ECAC Championships this past February. Playing away from home and still missing top player Tyler Lu due to injury, the Elis looked to be significant underdogs on paper; their performance on Sunday, however, proved that they more than belonged on the court with the nation’s best. In a narrowly decided match that featured a tense doubles round and three three-set singles matches, Sunday’s final score line – 4-1 in favor of Princeton – did not speak nearly enough to Yale’s resilience.
  • Penn Tops Yale in Ivy Opener
    April 02, 2016
    The Yale men’s tennis team kicked off its 2016 Ivy League season away from home on Saturday, taking on Penn at the Hecht Tennis Center in Philadelphia. Although the Bulldogs came into the match with a better overall record, the Quakers – who secured a national ranking after highlight victories over No. 42 Dartmouth and No. 60 New Mexico earlier this season – looked to be one of Yale’s toughest opponents so far. It is in these matches that the Elis may feel the significant absence of star Tyler Lu, who has been out with a long-term injury; the junior certainly would have helped the cause in a difficult match that saw Penn take seven of nine total matches. Despite the disappointing 5-2 score line, the Bulldogs can take away several positives from Saturday’s performance, among them most notably the play of Stefan Doehler and Martin Svenning, who demonstrated that they can compete with and succeed against the nation’s best.
  • Yale Shows Massive Improvement in Narrow Defeat to No. 58 St. John’s
    March 26, 2016
    The Yale men’s tennis team played its final non-Ivy League match of the season on Saturday, hosting nationally ranked St. John’s in what can only be described as the Elis’ most competitive match to date. Although the day ultimately ended in a heartbreaking 4-3 loss for the Bulldogs, their performance on Saturday – in which they came just a few points short of victory – demonstrated just how far they have progressed since mid-February, when St. John’s notched a rather comfortable 4-1 victory over an injury-ridden Yale side. By competing shot for shot with one of the nation’s top teams on Saturday, the Elis sent a clear message to all of its upcoming Ivy opponents: Yale’s recent hot streak is for real.
  • Yale Returns to Winning Ways Against Louisiana
    March 19, 2016
    Just a day after seeing its seven-match winning streak come to an end against UNC Wilmington, the Yale men’s tennis team restored its winning ways on Saturday with a convincing 4-1 result over Louisiana. Saturday’s match served as a positive conclusion to the squad’s spring break trip to North Carolina, which saw the Elis improve their record since late January to a staggering 12-3. In arguably their most impressive victory to date, the Bulldogs overcame a prolific Louisiana squad that had posted victories against nationally ranked teams North Florida and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi earlier this season. With consistently strong play in both singles and doubles this year, Yale looks poised for a solid Ivy League season.
  • No. 57 UNC Wilmington Snaps Bulldogs' Winning Streak
    March 18, 2016
    The Yale men’s tennis team saw its seven-match winning streak come to a halt on Friday, falling to nationally ranked UNC Wilmington 4-1. The Bulldogs, who were fighting fatigue after a clash with UNC Charlotte the previous day, actually performed far better than the final score indicated; if the match had not been cut short as soon as UNCW secured four points, the final score line very well may have been a narrower 4-3 result. So although the Elis emerged from Friday’s match on the losing side of things, they can certainly take pride in the fact that they held their own against one of the toughest teams in Division I collegiate tennis.
  • Yale Wins Seventh Straight With Sweep of UNC Charlotte
    March 17, 2016
    The Yale men’s tennis team secured its seventh consecutive victory on Thursday, improving its record to 11-4 with a convincing win over UNC Charlotte. Playing away from home at the UNC Wilmington courts, the Elis dictated play from the outset with a comprehensive overall performance. After coming out strong in doubles, the Bulldogs cruised in singles to claim five straight-set singles victories and end the match before several players had finished; this result will serve them especially well heading into the weekend, as the Elis face No. 57 UNC Wilmington on Friday and Louisiana on Saturday.
  • Yale Downs Stony Brook to Open Invitational
    March 12, 2016
    The Yale men’s tennis team opened its home Invitational in style on Saturday, extending its winning streak to four matches with a convincing 6-1 victory over Stony Brook. Even with top players Martin Svenning and Ziqi Wang sitting out to get some rest, the Elis excelled across the board and claimed six of eight total matches; perhaps more than anything, Saturday’s success showcased the quality depth that Yale has at its disposal. On a day when the entire team performed well, two particular players shone the brightest: freshmen Nathan Brown and Dennis Wang, who secured a clutch doubles victory together while also winning their individual singles matches.
  • Bulldogs Sweep Invitational, Extend Winning Streak to Six Matches
    March 12, 2016
    The Yale men’s tennis team sent a clear message to the Northeast region on Sunday, beating Fairfield and Marist en route to a clean sweep of the weekend’s home Invitational. Sunday’s pair of wins not only came against strong regional opponents, but also extended the Elis’ win streak to six matches, one of the longest in recent memory. While the scores of both matches were rather lopsided – 7-2 over Marist and 6-1 over Fairfield – Sunday’s action featured a number of competitive matches against teams that have become familiar rivals. In what was an exceptional team performance, senior Martin Svenning and freshman Dennis Wang stood out with three match victories apiece; Nathan Brown and Photos Photiades also contributed significantly to Yale’s success on Sunday.
  • Yale Cruises to Victory in Home Double-Header
    February 27, 2016
    The Yale men’s tennis team continued its winning ways in style on Saturday, submitting a nearly flawless performance at home against Bryant. Bolstered by top player Ziqi Wang’s return from injury, the Elis dictated play and dropped just one point out of a twelve-match double-header, improving their dual match record to 6-4. With so many players on the roster getting a crack at competition and finding success on Saturday, the Bulldogs also showcased the impressive depth that they have at their disposal; depth has emerged as a major storyline this season as the team has had to overcome an unfortunate string of injuries.
  • Yale Bounces Back to Notch 300th Win Under Dorato
    February 20, 2016
    The Yale men’s tennis team submitted one of its most impressive performances of the season on Saturday, snapping a two-match losing streak and moving back above .500 with a 5-2 victory over Furman. Playing away from home, the Bulldogs overcame injuries to key players Tyler Lu and Ziqi Wang to reach a historic milestone: the team’s 300th victory under Cary Leeds Head Coach Alex Dorato. This remarkable achievement stands as the latest highlight in a stellar coaching career for Dorato, who continues to pave the way as the winningest tennis coach in Yale history. During his 23 plus years at the helm, Dorato has earned countless accolades – among them the 2001 Jack Barnaby College Coach of the Year Award and the 2011 USTA New England Joseph Deitz Bowl – and has established the Yale men’s tennis program as arguably the highest-achieving in the nation academically. Saturday’s milestone victory came in particularly dominant fashion, with the Elis winning 9 of 12 total matches (three exhibition).
  • St. John's Hands Yale Second Straight Loss
    February 13, 2016
    The Yale men’s tennis team wound up on the losing side of things for the second straight day on Saturday, falling to St. John’s in the consolation round of the ECAC Championships. Key injuries to top players Tyler Lu and Ziqi Wang proved too much to overcome for the Bulldogs this weekend, as they dropped both tournament matches by a score of 4-1. Following a disappointing two days in Philadelphia, the Elis return to New Haven with much to work on; they can point to at least one positive, however: the recent success of sophomore Fedor Andrienko.
  • Bulldogs Fall to Crimson in First Round of ECAC Championships
    February 12, 2016
    The Yale men’s tennis team saw its four-match win streak come to a screeching halt on Friday with a loss to rival Harvard in the opening round of the ECAC Championships. Although the rivalry clash at Penn’s Hecht Tennis Center initially promised to be a competitive one, the unexpected absence of Yale’s top player Ziqi Wang drastically changed the tenor of the match; ultimately, the Crimson were able to take advantage and claim four points before the shorthanded Elis could mount much resistance. On a day when fortune didn’t seem to favor the Bulldogs, however, several players submitted impressive individual performances that bode well for the future.
  • Yale Wins Fourth Straight With Decisive Performance Against Army
    February 07, 2016
    After a two week postponement, the Yale men's tennis team traveled to West Point on Sunday to face Army in a match that had originally been scheduled for Jan. 23. Marking the 75th clash between the two sides, Sunday's affair featured great tennis and fierce competition; and though both teams left everything on the court, the Bulldogs ultimately walked away with a decisive victory. In one of their most comprehensive performances to date, the Elis sent a clear message to the rest of the Northeast region by winning five of six singles matches and posting their fourth consecutive victory.
  • Bulldogs Improve Win Streak With Narrow Win Over Maryland-Baltimore County
    February 05, 2016
    The Yale men’s tennis team improved its current win streak to three matches on Friday, beating Maryland-Baltimore County at home in what can only be described as the most fiercely contested match of the season. Although UMBC came into Friday’s match with a 1-5 record, the Retrievers had nearly notched victories against some of the nation’s elite teams, and were hungry to prove themselves against a relatively unfamiliar regional opponent. Despite the determination on the opposite side of the net, the Elis managed to play some of their best team tennis of the season on Friday, with five different players contributing points in a clutch 4-3 victory for Yale. In both doubles and singles, the Bulldogs submitted a masterful performance that was bolstered by sophomore Stefan Doehler’s return to the singles lineup after months of injury issues.
  • Bulldogs Notch Breakthrough Victories to Finish Weekend
    January 31, 2016
    The Yale men’s tennis team enjoyed its most successful day of the season on Sunday, finishing off a weekend at home with back-to-back dual match victories over Boston College and Monmouth. Sunday’s breakthrough wins came off the heels of consecutive losses, and improved the Elis’ dual match record to 2-2 on the season. These victories, which came against two strong regional opponents, will no doubt provide relief for a Yale squad whose performance has suffered in recent weeks due to significant injuries and unlucky breaks.
  • Yale Stumbles in Second Dual Match of the Season
    January 30, 2016
    The Yale men’s tennis team kicked off a busy weekend at home this Saturday with a dual match against Buffalo. In a thrilling match that was ultimately decided by just a few games, both teams gave everything to secure a win and improve their start to the dual match season. Although in the end the shorthanded Elis suffered a 4-3 loss (their second of the season), the home crowd took away many positives from the performance and will have high expectations for Yale during the Ivy League season in April.
  • Bulldogs Show Resilience in First Dual Match Defeat
    January 15, 2016
    The Yale men’s tennis team saw its first action since October on Friday, taking on William & Mary at home in what would be a fierce start to the second half of the season. As Friday’s match marked both schools’ first dual competition of 2016, both the Elis and the Tribe were looking to start the new year on a positive note. The Bulldogs, in particular, took the opportunity to rest four key contributors – starters Fedor Andrienko, Stefan Doehler, Tyler Lu and Martin Svenning – in order to give some of the squad’s younger players valuable match experience. Despite sitting several of their most integral players, the Elis still managed to submit an impressive performance, nearly pulling off a surprise victory in a tight 4-3 loss.
  • Bulldogs Eliminated from USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships
    October 25, 2015
    Four members of the Yale men’s tennis team played their fourth straight day of tennis on Sunday, taking on doubles competition in the round of 16 at the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships. Although the Bulldogs had done extremely well over the past few days to make it to the later rounds of such an elite event, Sunday proved to be a disappointing day for the crowd favorites on Yale’s home courts.
  • Yale Shines in Doubles on Third Day of USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships
    October 24, 2015
    Coming off a strong performance on Friday, members of the Yale men’s tennis team headed into Saturday’s action at the ITA Northeast Regional Championships with a positive attitude. Competition promised to be tough across the board, with the Bulldogs facing top players from the northeast region in both main draw and consolation draw matches. Although the Elis struggled somewhat against such tough opponents in singles, they continued their impressive doubles run with a pair of victories and look poised to advance into the tournament’s final rounds.
  • Bulldogs Start Strong in Main Draw of USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships
    October 23, 2015
    Main draw action of the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships began on Friday, with the region’s elite competitors gathering in New Haven to vie for a championship and corresponding berth into November’s USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. Seven total Bulldogs took the court on Friday, playing a total of nine matches (six singles and three doubles); and by the day’s end, the Yale players had made quite a strong statement across the board.
  • Photiades Advances to Main Draw of USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships
    October 22, 2015
    The USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships kicked off in New Haven on Thursday with qualifying singles action. Yale junior Photos Photiades was the only Bulldog to take the court on the event’s first day, as sophomore Fedor Andrienko was unexpectedly moved up from the qualifying draw after circumstances changed in the main draw. Photiades came into his 8:00 a.m. match knowing that he would need two straight wins to advance to the tournament’s main rounds; and under such pressure, the junior delivered with some of his best tennis.
  • Yale Bounces Back in Final Day of Dartmouth Invitational
    October 11, 2015
    Members of the Yale men’s tennis team concluded their weekend in Hanover with both singles and doubles action on Sunday. The Bulldogs had a tough first two days at the Dartmouth Invitational, a tournament that features top players from eight other schools in the Northeast region: Amherst, Army, Brown, Buffalo, Dartmouth, Fairfield, Middlebury and Williams. The most discouraging takeaway from Friday and Saturday’s matches was the Elis’ poor performance in three-set matches (2-5 overall); on the competition’s final day, however, the team decisively flipped the script with three clutch singles victories and a significant win in doubles.
  • Bulldogs Hang Tough at Dartmouth Invitational, ITA All-American Championships
    October 10, 2015
    The Yale men’s tennis team had a busy day on Saturday, with 15 total matches played in two separate locations. Nearly all of those matches took place at the Dartmouth Invitational in Hanover; junior Tyler Lu was the sole player representing Yale in the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa. Tight matches all around highlighted the day for the Elis, with many matches decided in three sets or by a narrow margin.
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