Many Positives in Narrow Loss to Florida Atlantic

Dylan King. Photo by Steve Musco.
Dylan King. Photo by Steve Musco.

Andrienko, King Win in Singles as Bulldogs Fall 4-2 to Florida Atlantic

WEST POINT, NY – Following impressive back-to-back victories over Army and Santa Clara on Saturday, the Yale men's tennis team faced its final opponent of the weekend on Sunday in Florida Atlantic. Despite the considerable strength of the opposition, the Bulldogs played well and held their own throughout the match, with senior Fedor Andrienko and sophomore Dylan King leading the way with straight-set singles wins. It was ultimately the Owls who came away with the win, however, in a clutch 4-2 performance.

Sunday's clash began with a hard-fought round of doubles. Nathan Brown and King were first to finish, falling 6-1 to FAU's Ignacio Garcia and Arthur Stefani at the No. 3 spot. Yale seniors Andrienko and Stefan Doehler responded, however, with a decisive 6-3 victory over FAU's Remi Chancerel and Gabriel Sidney at No. 1 doubles. With the doubles point on the line, Yale sophomore duo Ryan Cheng and Andrew Heller found themselves at a 5-5 deadlock with FAU's Jason Legall and Thomas Guy; after a number of tense rallies, the opposing team ultimately came away with a 7-5 win to secure the doubles point for the Owls.

Despite losing the doubles point in such dramatic fashion, the Elis refused to make it easy for FAU in singles. Yale's Andrienko finished first and leveled the match score with a dominant 6-2, 6-3 win over Stefani at No. 6 singles; this result marked his third straight singles victory to start the spring. King followed up with a straight-set win of his own at the No. 5 position to give Yale a 2-1 match lead. FAU proved resilient, however, and took back the lead with back-to-back victories at the No. 2 and No. 4 spots.

With the match coming down to the wire, Yale's Heller and FAU's Legall found themselves in a three-set battle. After losing the first set 6-4, the Bulldog stormed back to take the second, 6-0. In a third set that featured some of the weekend's most competitive tennis, it was Legall who ultimately converted a service break to complete a 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 victory. Upon the conclusion of this match, Doehler's match at the No. 3 position – which was equally close – was called to a halt.

After facing three tough teams in West Point, the Bulldogs can take pride in finishing 2-1. Even in Sunday's loss, there were a number of positives proving that the Elis can compete at the highest level of collegiate tennis. Cheng's strong return from injury this past weekend will also provide a significant boost to the squad going forward.

Yale will next take the court on Jan. 27 for an away match against Ohio State as part of the annual ITA Kick-Off.

Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity

 

FULL MATCH RESULTS – Florida Atlantic 4, Yale 2

Position

 Yale University

 Florida Atlantic University

 Winner

 Score

 #1 Singles

 Andrew Heller

 Jason Legall

 Florida Atlantic University

 4-6,6-0,6-4

 #2 Singles

 Ziqi Wang

 Remi Chancerel

 Florida Atlantic University

 6-3,7-5

 #3 Singles

 Stefan Doehler

 #96 Ignacio Garcia

 Unfinished

 DNF

 #4 Singles

 Ryan Cheng

 Gabriel Sidney

 Florida Atlantic University

 6-4,6-3

 #5 Singles

 Dylan King

 Thomas Bugeaud

 Yale University

 6-2,6-4

 #6 Singles

 Fedor Andrienko

 Arthur Stefani

 Yale University

 6-2,6-3

 #1 Doubles

 #50Fedor Andrienko 
 Stefan Doehler

 Remi Chancerel 
 Gabriel Sidney

 Yale University

 6-3

 #2 Doubles

 Ryan Cheng 
 Andrew Heller

 Jason Legall 
 Thomas Guy

 Florida Atlantic University

 7-5

 #3 Doubles

 Dylan King 
 Nathan Brown

 Ignacio Garcia 
 Arthur Stefani

 Florida Atlantic University

 6-1