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Bulldogs Triumph Over Brown

Andrew Heller. Photo by Steve Musco.
Andrew Heller. Photo by Steve Musco.

Andrienko, Doehler, Heller Win in Three Sets as Yale Downs Brown, 4-2 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's tennis team concluded its weekend as host of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Indoor Championships on Sunday, taking on Brown in a clash between conference rivals. The two sides came into the match as familiar opponents after playing a scrimmage earlier in the spring, in which Brown won the majority of matches; Sunday's rematch, however, saw Bulldogs at their best as they clinched a 4-2 win at home. Among the day's top performers were Fedor Andrienko, Stefan Doehler and Andrew Heller, all of whom won three-set singles matches.

Sunday's match began with a competitive round of doubles. Yale's No. 1 team Andrienko and Doehler made a statement early with a 6-2 win over Brown's Aaron Sandberg and Ching Lam; the Bears soon struck back at the No. 2 spot, however, with Jack Haworth and Jacob Walker edging Yale's Nathan Brown and Dylan King, 6-4. With the doubles point on the line at No. 3 doubles, Yale's Heller and Ziqi Wang found themselves in a tight match against Brown's Charles Tan and Ben Collier; despite the pressure, the Elis rose to the occasion and held serve when it counted to win 6-4. This result marked the duo's third straight win together and put the Bulldogs in the driver's seat headed into singles play.

After faltering in doubles, Brown did well to bounce back in singles with a straight-set win at the No. 6 position. The five remaining singles matches were much more competitive, however, and all reached third sets. Yale's Ziqi Wang finished first among these matches in a 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 loss to Brown's Walker at the No. 2 spot; the Bulldogs bounced back almost immediately, however, as Andrienko leveled the match score with a convincing 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 comeback win over Brown's No. 5 player Peter Litsky. 

With the score tied at 2-2 and the three remaining matches coming down to the wire, the Elis fed off an enthusiastic home crowd to make one final push. At No. 4 singles, Yale senior captain Stefan Doehler held on in the third set to win 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 over Lam; this victory improved Doehler's record to 6-2 in his last eight singles matches and proved to be a crucial turning point in Sunday's match. Motivated by the captain's example, Heller saw the opportunity to clinch the match for the Bulldogs at No. 1 singles. Despite dropping the first set 6-4, the Yale sophomore refused to quit and roared back to take the final two sets 6-4, 6-3. 

Looking back on the ECAC Indoor Championships, Yale can take pride in posting a 2-1 record against some of the best squads in the Northeast Region. Sunday's win, in particular, demonstrated that the Elis are a legitimate threat to the rest of the Ivy League. The team will next take the court on Feb. 24 for an away match against William & Mary.

Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity

FULL MATCH RESULTS – Yale 4, Brown 2

Position

 Yale University

 Brown University

 Winner

 Score

 #1 Singles

 Andrew Heller

 Jack Haworth

 Yale University

 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

 #2 Singles

 Ziqi Wang

 Jacob Walker

 Brown University

 7-5, 3-6, 6-0

 #3 Singles

 Dylan King

 Peter Tarwid

 Unfinished

 DNF

 #4 Singles

 Stefan Doehler

 Ching Lam

 Yale University

 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

 #5 Singles

 Fedor Andrienko

 Peter Litsky

 Yale University

 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

 #6 Singles

 Nathan Brown

 Charles Tan

 Brown University

 6-2, 6-1

 #1 Doubles

 Fedor Andrienko 
 Stefan Doehler

 Aaron Sandberg 
 Ching Lam

 Yale University

 6-2

 #2 Doubles

 Dylan King 
 Nathan Brown

 Jack Haworth 
 Jacob Walker

 Brown University

 6-4

 #3 Doubles

 Ziqi Wang 
 Andrew Heller

 Ben Collier 
 Charles Tan

 Yale University

 6-4