Doehler, Lu, D. Wang Force Unfinished Third Sets as Harvard Tops Yale, 4-0
PRINCETON, N.J. – The Yale men's tennis team played its second match of the weekend on Saturday, taking on rival Harvard in the back draw of this year's Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships. With both teams coming into Saturday's clash following a loss on the previous day, players on both sides were motivated to reverse their fortunes; as a result, the tennis was remarkably competitive across the board, with four of six singles matches reaching a third set. Ultimately, however, the Crimson emerged on top with a 4-0 win, belying the truly narrow margins of victory in both singles and doubles.
Saturday's rivalry match began with a tightly contested round of doubles. At the No. 1 spot, Harvard's Brian Yeung and Kenny Tao gave the Crimson an early lead with a 6-2 victory over Yale's Stefan Doehler and Alex Hagermoser. Yale's No. 2 and No. 3 doubles team came close to pulling off the comeback, however, with both matches reaching a 5-5 deadlock. Harvard's Christopher Morrow and Logan Weber pulled away from senior duo Tyler Lu and Photos Photiades at the No. 3 position, however, claiming the last two games to win 7-5.
After narrowly securing the doubles point, Harvard jumped out to an early lead in singles, as Yeung and Andy Zhou topped Yale freshmen Dylan King and Ryan Cheng in straight sets at the No. 2 and No. 4 positions, respectively. Facing a 3-0 match deficit, the Elis then mounted a significant comeback, with both Doehler and Dennis Wang rebounding from a set down to win their second sets. Harvard's Grant Solomon ultimately closed out the match for the Crimson, however, with a clutch 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 win over Yale's Andrew Heller at No. 5 singles. This result brought an end to the remaining matches that were in a third set, including Lu's back-and-forth (6-3, 4-6, 3-4) affair against Harvard's Tao at No. 1 singles.
Although the match concluded without a point for the Bulldogs, doubles play was incredibly close, and three different Yale players appeared on the verge of winning in singles when the match was called. Considering the absence of No. 2 singles player Ziqi Wang and the elite quality of Harvard's lineup, the Elis will not be too discouraged by Saturday's result; they will have a final chance to bounce back in a match tomorrow at 8 a.m.
Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity
FULL MATCH RESULTS – Harvard 4, Yale 0
- Tao/Yeung (H) def. Doehler/Hagermoser (Y), 6-2
- King/Cheng (Y) vs. Thirouin/Peters (H), 5-5 DNF
- Morrow/Weber (H) def. Lu/Photiades (Y), 7-5
- Lu (Y) vs. Tao (H), 6-3; 4-6; 3-4 DNF
- Yeung (H) def. King (Y), 6-2; 6-3
- Doehler (Y) vs. Thirouin (H), 4-6; 6-3; 4-3 DNF
- Zhou (H) def. Cheng (Y), 6-3; 6-3
- Solomon (H) def. Heller (Y), 3-6; 6-1; 7-5
- D. Wang (Y) vs. Beren (H), 5-7; 6-2; 5-5 DNF