Heller, Sou Notch Main Draw Singles Victories on Opening Day in Hanover
HANOVER, NH – Six members of the Yale men's tennis team competed in the opening singles round of the Dartmouth Invitational on Friday, facing opponents from Binghamton, Brown and Dartmouth across five singles draws. Although a number of Elis submitted impressive performances on Friday, sophomore Andrew Heller and first-year Alan Sou stood out by notching clutch three-set victories.
Friday's action started slowly for the Bulldogs, with Fedor Andrienko and Nathan Brown falling in straight sets to Binghamton's Ludovico Cestarollo and Brown's Peter Litsky, respectively. Yale junior Dennis Wang was also bested in two sets by Dartmouth's Casey Ross. The remaining three matches, however, were remarkably close. Coming up against Brown's Jacob Walker, senior captain Stefan Doehler battled for several hours, with all three sets of the match being decided by a single service break; despite Doehler's best efforts, Walker escaped with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory.
Yale's Andrew Heller also played a back-and-forth match on Friday against Brown senior Peter Tarwid. After losing the first set 6-4, Heller looked to be in a tough spot; despite the pressure, the sophomore rallied and elevated his level of play to take the next two sets 6-4, 6-3 and win the match. First-year player Alan Sou had a similar experience against Brown's Mladen Mitak; after dropping his first set 6-4, the Bulldog roared back in the next two sets to complete a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 comeback victory.
After a promising opening day at the Dartmouth Invitational, the Elis will continue on Saturday with both singles and doubles matches. Full draws (with the exception of singles flight E, in which Sou is competing) can be found here.
Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity