Tournament Host Yale to Face Princeton in Opening Round on Friday
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a strong showing at the ITA Kick-Off last month, the Yale men's tennis team is looking to make a statement this weekend as host of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Indoor Championships. The prestigious annual event regularly features the top teams in the Northeast Region, with Ivy League squads making up the majority of the field. The Bulldogs competed in this event as recently as last season, where they notched an impressive 4-0 win over St. John's in the backdraw. As the No. 5 seed of this year's tournament, Yale will kick off the action against No. 4 seed Princeton at 9:00 a.m. on Friday. If the Elis win Friday's match, they would advance to face either Dartmouth or Monmouth in Saturday's second round.
Yale's first opponent of the weekend, Princeton, has had a mixed start to the spring after posting a 4-3 overall record. In their most recent match, however, the Tigers earned a 5-2 victory over Army (whom Yale beat 4-0 last month) and showcased a remarkably deep lineup. Princeton's No. 2 singles player, Kial Kaiser, downed Yale's Stefan Doehler in three sets in the fall and will thus pose a significant threat to Yale's Ziqi Wang on Friday. Yale's No. 1 singles player Andrew Heller will also face a tough opponent in Princeton star Ryan Seggerman, who turned heads in the fall with a 6-2 singles record. Against a team as tough as Princeton, the doubles point will also be crucial; as such, Yale sophomore duo Ryan Cheng and Dylan King will likely be called upon to improve their perfect 3-0 record together.
Despite the strength of their opposition this weekend, the Elis will be confident in their ability to secure a positive result. Especially with senior leaders Fedor Andrienko and Doehler in fine form at the No. 1 doubles spot, this team has a strong veteran presence and will not shy away from the spotlight at home. If Yale can overcome quality opponents and find success in this weekend's tournament, the team would carry significant momentum into the upcoming Ivy League season.
The official draw for the 2018 ECAC Indoor Championships, including all match start times, can be found here. All matches will be played at Yale's Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center, and can be watched live at the Ivy League Network website.
Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity