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Bulldogs Cruise Past Monmouth

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

King Wins in Singles and Doubles as Yale Downs Monmouth, 4-0

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's tennis team hosted the second day of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Indoor Championships on Saturday, taking on No. 8 seed Monmouth in a first-round consolation match. Despite the strength of the opposition, the Elis excelled across the board and cruised to a perfect 4-0 victory. Among Saturday's top performers were seniors Fedor Andrienko and Stefan Doehler, who both earned straight-set singles wins; sophomore Dylan King notched impressive victories in singles and doubles.

Saturday's clash began with a round of doubles, and the Bulldogs asserted themselves immediately. Yale's Andrew Heller and Ziqi Wang were the first to finish, earning a dominant 6-0 victory over Monmouth's No. 3 team Sergio Martinez and Will Cooke-Wharton; this result improved the Bulldogs' record together to 3-1 on the season. Not long after, Yale's Nathan Brown and King clinched the doubles point with a 6-3 victory over Monmouth's Ale Gomez-Estrada and Srdjan Jakovljevic at No. 2 doubles. Although doubles play was cut short at that point, it should be noted that Andrienko and Doehler were also leading at the No. 1 spot.

After this comprehensive performance in doubles, the Elis came into singles play with confidence. Doehler started things off with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Monmouth's Alberto Giuffrida at No. 4 singles; this result improved senior captain's record to 5-2 in his last seven singles matches. King followed suit with a straight-set victory of his own at the No. 3 position, edging Monmouth's Gomez-Estrada 6-3, 6-3.

With the Bulldogs holding a firm 3-0 match lead, it was Andrienko who closed it out in a close match at No. 5 singles. Although his opponent, Sergio Martinez, managed to stay on serve for most of the match, Andrienko ultimately pulled away in both sets to win 6-4, 6-4. The Yale senior has started the spring in fine form, notching a 5-1 record in his first six singles matches.

Saturday's victory represents a huge boost for the Bulldogs, and improves their 2018 dual match record to 3-4. Yale will take the court once again tomorrow at 10 a.m. against Brown.

Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity

FULL MATCH RESULTS – Yale 4, Monmouth 0 

 Position

 Yale University

 Monmouth University

 Winner

 Score

 #1 Singles

 Andrew Heller

 Nicola Pipoli

 Unfinished

 5-7, 2-4

 #2 Singles

 Ziqi Wang

 Srdjan Jakovljevic

 Unfinished

 5-7, 3-4

 #3 Singles

 Dylan King

 Alejandro Gomez Estrada

 Yale University

 6-3, 6-3

 #4 Singles

 Stefan Doehler

 Alberto Guiffrida

 Yale University

 6-3, 6-1

 #5 Singles

 Fedor Andrienko

 Sergio Martinez

 Yale University

 6-4, 6-4

 #6 Singles

 Nathan Brown

 William Wharton

 Unfinished

 2-6, 5-4

 #1 Doubles

 Fedor Andrienko 
 Stefan Doehler

 Nicola Pipoli 
 Alberto Guiffrida

 Unfinished

 3-4

 #2 Doubles

 Dylan King 
 Nathan Brown

 Alejandro Gomez Estrada 
 Srdjan Jakovljevic

 Yale University

 6-3

 #3 Doubles

 Ziqi Wang 
 Andrew Heller

 Sergio Martinez 
 William Wharton

 Yale University

 6-0