Andrienko, Heller, Z. Wang Show Resilience in 4-0 Loss to Ohio State
COLUMBUS, OH – The Yale men's tennis team played its first match of the annual Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Kick-Off Weekend on Saturday, taking on No. 2 Ohio State. Ranked the second-best team in the country behind Wake Forest, the Buckeyes lived up to their reputation and played well across the board; although the Bulldogs did well to fight and force a number of close matches, it was ultimately Ohio State who emerged with a 4-0 victory.
Saturday's clash began with a round of doubles. The opposition asserted themselves quickly, with OSU's JJ Wolf and John Mcnally downing Yale's Andrew Heller and Ziqi Wang, 6-1, at the No. 2 spot; the Buckeyes clinched the doubles point soon after with a 6-2 win at the No. 3 position. Still, it should be noted that senior duo Fedor Andrienko and Stefan Doehler were mounting a significant challenge to OSU's Martin Joyce and Mikael Torpegaard at No. 1 doubles before their match was cut short.
After taking the doubles point so convincingly, Ohio State headed into singles action with full momentum and earned straight-set victories at No. 3 and No. 6 singles within the hour. Although Yale's Dylan King responded by playing a tight first set against OSU's Tim Seibert at the No. 4 spot, the Buckeye ultimately earned a 6-3, 6-0 win to clinch the match for his team.
Despite the lopsided scoreline of Saturday's match, the matches that were in progress when the match was called were quite competitive. At No. 1 singles, Heller was locked 2-2 with OSU's Torpegaard (the No. 5 ranked player in the nation), and Andrienko also held a 3-1 second set lead against OSU's Kyle Seelig at the No. 5 spot. The intensely competitive nature of these matches not only provided a bright spot in Saturday's defeat, but also proved that Yale can go shot-for-shot with one of the top teams in collegiate tennis.
Depending on Saturday's results, Yale will play either North Florida or Tulsa tomorrow before heading back to New Haven.
Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity
FULL MATCH RESULTS – Ohio State 4, Yale 0
1. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) vs. Andrew Heller (YALE) 6-3, 2-2, unfinished
2. #60 JJ Wolf (OSU) vs. Ziqi Wang (YALE) 6-1, 4-3, unfinished
3. John McNally (OSU) def. Stefan Doehler (YALE) 6-1, 6-1
4. Tim Seibert (OSU) def. Dylan King (YALE) 6-3, 6-0
5. #26 Kyle Seelig (OSU) vs. Fedor Andrienko (YALE) 6-3, 1-3, unfinished
6. #102 Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Nathan Brown (YALE) 6-0, 6-1