Andrienko Wins in Singles as Yale Falls to UC Irvine, 4-1
IRVINE, Calif. – The Yale men's tennis team saw its seven-match win streak come to an end on Friday in a tough away defeat to UC Irvine. Contrary to what the final score of 4-1 might suggest, Friday's clash was competitive across the board; however, an unfortunate break in doubles and a default in singles proved to be too much for the Bulldogs to overcome. Among the many positives on the day, Yale's Fedor Andrienko won in straight sets at No. 5 singles to improve his record to an astounding 11-1 in his last twelve matches.
Friday's match began with a competitive round of doubles, in which the opposition established an early lead. Yale's Andrew Heller and Ziqi Wang finished first at No. 3 doubles, falling 6-2 to UCI's Daniel Gealer and Luis Lopez. UCI clinched the doubles point not long after at the No. 2 spot, where Vatsal Bajpai and Bruce Man-Son-Hing edged Yale's Nathan Brown and Dylan King in a narrow 6-4 battle.
Facing a 1-0 deficit, Yale responded in singles through Andrienko, who eased past UCI's Bajpai 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 5 spot. As mentioned above, this result improved Andrienko's singles record to 11-1 in his last twelve matches and demonstrated the impressive growth he has experienced as a player over the past year. However, UCI quickly regained momentum with a straight-set victory at No. 6 singles and a second-set default by Ziqi Wang at the No. 4 spot; Wang's inability to continue was particularly unfortunate given his success in the first set, which he won in a tiebreak.
With momentum on its side, the home team then pushed to close out the match through Lopez at No. 1 singles. Although King nearly won the first set in a tiebreak, it was ultimately the UCI junior who took the match 7-6, 6-1 to clinch the result for his team.
Looking back on their performance over the past month, the Bulldogs can take pride in their remarkable run of wins dating back to Feb. 16. Although Friday's loss will be hard to swallow, the Elis have little time to dwell on it – they are set to face Gonzaga tomorrow at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine.
Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity
FULL MATCH RESULTS – UC Irvine 4, Yale 1
- Andrienko/Doehler (Y) vs. Hansen/Marquard (I), DNF
- Bajpai/Man-Son-Hing (I) def. Brown/King (Y), 6-4
- Gealer/Lopez (I) def. Z. Wang/Heller (Y), 6-2
- Lopez (I) def. King (Y), 7-6; 6-1
- Heller (Y) vs. Krasnov (I), DNF
- Doehler (Y) vs. Marquard (I), DNF
- Gealer (I) def. Z. Wang (Y), 6-7; 5-1, def.
- Andrienko (Y) def. Bajpai (I), 6-1; 6-4
- Hansen (I) def. Sou (Y), 6-1; 6-4