Bulldogs Win Third Straight

Nathan Brown. Photo by Steve Musco.
Nathan Brown. Photo by Steve Musco.

Andrienko, King Win in Singles and Doubles; Sou Clinches Match as Yale Beats No. 45 William & Mary 4-2

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The Yale men's tennis team kicked off its weekend road trip on Saturday with an away match against William & Mary. With the opposition coming into Saturday's clash with an impressive 6-2 record and a No. 45 national ranking, the Bulldogs knew they would need to bring their best; in a match that came down to the wire, it was this determination that ultimately made the difference and earned Yale a 4-2 victory. Among Yale's top performers on Saturday were Fedor Andrienko and Dylan King, who secured victories in both singles and doubles; first-year player Alan Sou also played a key role in clinching the match in his first singles action of the spring. 

Saturday's match began with a competitive round of doubles. Although William & Mary gained the upper hand early with a win at the No. 3 position, the Elis responded right away at the No. 2 spot, with Yale's Nathan Brown and King cruising past Lars de Boer and Tristan Bautil, 6-2. Not long after, Yale's No. 1 duo of Andrienko and Stefan Doehler proved their quality yet again by clinching the doubles point with a 6-2 victory over William & Mary's Christian Cargill and Alec Miller. With three years of playing experience already under their belts, Andrienko and Doehler are playing some of their best tennis this year and have notched a 14-5 overall record together.

Moving into singles play, the Elis soon built on their lead as Andrienko downed William & Mary's No. 5 player Sebastian Quiros 6-4, 6-3; this result extended the Yale senior's recent hot streak and improved his singles record this spring to 7-1. With momentum on their side, the Bulldogs pushed themselves closer to victory through King, who notched an impressive 7-5, 6-3 win over Cargill at the No. 2 position. After winning three consecutive singles matches, King looks to be finding his form in time for the start of the Ivy League season in a little over a month's time. 

Facing a 3-0 deficit, William & Mary did well to fight its way back into the match, and three of the four remaining singles matches reached a third set. After the Tribe's No. 4 singles player Finbar Talcott edged Doehler in a 6-4 third set and Alec Miller edged Yale's Andrew Heller in straight sets at the No. 1 spot, the Bulldogs' lead looked to be in jeopardy. With the score now 3-2 in the Elis' favor, Yale's No. 6 player Alan Sou found himself in a 6-6 third set deadlock against Michael Chen. Despite the pressure in his first singles match of the spring season, Sou rose to the occasion and escaped in the tiebreak to earn a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(5) comeback victory.

Sou's clutch performance concluded a positive day for the Bulldogs, who have now won three straight matches against elite opposition. Saturday's victory over the No. 45-ranked team in the country certainly bodes well for the Ivy League season to come; however, the Elis have little time to dwell on anything other than the present, as they travel to North Carolina and prepare to face Elon tomorrow at noon. 

Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity

FULL MATCH RESULTS - Yale 4, William & Mary 2 

 Position

 College of William and Mary

 Yale University

 Winner

 Score

 #1 Singles

 Alec Miller

 Andrew Heller

 College of William and Mary

 6-3, 7-6 (3)

 #2 Singles

 Christian Cargill

 Dylan King

 Yale University

 7-5, 6-3

 #3 Singles

 Louis Newman

 Ziqi Wang

 Unfinished

 DNF, 7-5, 3-6, 3-3

 #4 Singles

 Finbar Talcott

 Stefan Doehler

 College of William and Mary

 6-0, 3-6, 6-4

 #5 Singles

 Sebastian Quiros

 Fedor Andrienko

 Yale University

 6-4, 6-3

 #6 Singles

 Michael Chen

 Alan Sou

 Yale University

 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5)

 #1 Doubles

 Christian Cargill 
 Alec Miller

 Fedor Andrienko 
 Stefan Doehler

 Yale University

 6-2

 #2 Doubles

 Tristan Bautil 
 Lars de Boer

 Dylan King 
 Nathan Brown

 Yale University

 6-2

 #3 Doubles

 Louis Newman 
 Finbar Talcott

 Ziqi Wang
 Andrew Heller

 College of William and Mary

 6-2