Doehler, Sou Stand Out on Second Day of Competition in Hanover
HANOVER, NH – Six members of the Yale men's tennis team competed in the Dartmouth Invitational on Saturday, joining many other tough competitors from schools in the Northeast region. On a day when everything didn't break the Bulldogs' way, senior captain Stefan Doehler and first-year Alan Sou were major bright spots, with both players notching victories in singles and doubles.
Saturday's action in Hanover began with doubles competition across three separate draws. Senior duo Fedor Andrienko and Doehler started the day well for the Elis, securing an 8-6 win in their first round match against Army's David Mitchell and Gregory Shannon; their progress was halted in the following round, however, as they fell to Dartmouth's Ciro Riccardi and Casey Ross, 8-2. Andrienko and Doehler have started the season well together, having won six consecutive matches prior to Saturday's loss. Yale's Sou and Dennis Wang also found success in a round-robin format on Saturday, submitting an impressive 8-7(4) tiebreak victory over Binghamton's Inigo Saez and Amerigo Valenti.
Just as on the previous day, Saturday featured a number of close singles matches. Facing Dartmouth's Max Fliegner, Yale's Andrew Heller played a three-set match for the second straight day; although the Bulldog started the match impressively, his opponent grew into the match and ultimately claimed a 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory. Yale's Dennis Wang also experienced third set woes on Saturday, falling just short in a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 loss to Binghamton's Kushaan Nath.
Yale's Doehler restored some positivity for the Elis, however, controlling the baseline in a convincing 6-4, 6-3 win over Binghamton's Tiago Lourenco. First-year player Alan Sou also won his singles match by a similar margin, edging Binghamton's Valenti in a 6-3, 6-4 performance.
After a promising first two days in Hanover, Yale will want to finish strong tomorrow and potentially bring home some hardware. The full draws for the past two days are available here; Sunday's match schedule is available here.
Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity