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Bulldogs Hang Tough in Loss to Gonzaga

Captain Stefan Doehler. Photo by Steve Musco.
Captain Stefan Doehler. Photo by Steve Musco.

Doehler Wins in Singles and Doubles as Gonzaga Edges Yale, 5-2 

IRVINE, Calif. – The Yale men's tennis team played the second match of its California trip on Saturday in a hard-fought clash with Gonzaga. Although the Bulldogs competed well in a match that featured multiple three-set singles matches, the opposition ultimately emerged with a 5-2 victory. Among the Elis' top performers on Saturday was senior captain Stefan Doehler, who helped Yale clinch the doubles point and earned a straight-set win in doubles; Nathan Brown and Dylan King also excelled by winning at No. 2 doubles.

Saturday's match began with a highly contested round of doubles. Within the hour, Gonzaga gained the upper hand with a win at No. 3 doubles; however, Brown and King provided a swift reply at the No. 2 spot with a decisive 6-3 victory over Gonzaga's Simon Homedes and Matthew Perkins. With the weight of the doubles point resting on the shoulders of seniors Fedor Andrienko and Doehler at the No. 1 spot, the veteran Bulldogs delivered yet again with a 6-3 win over Gonzaga's Vincent Rettke and Kyle Everly. In addition to clinching the doubles point for Yale, this result extended Andrienko and Doehler's unbeaten streak to nine matches (six wins, three unfinished). If the senior duo can maintain their current form throughout the Ivy League season, they stand a strong chance of earning their second All-Ivy First Team doubles selection together.

After dropping the doubles point, Gonzaga bounced back right away in singles with wins at the No. 4 and 5 positions to establish a 2-1 match lead. The two teams split results at the No. 2 and 3 spots, with Yale's Andrew Heller falling to Rettke at No. 2 and Doehler beating Gonzaga's Hunter Egger 6-3, 7-6 at No. 3. Doehler's performance on Saturday continued his recent run of success and improved his record to 6-1 in his last seven matches.

The remaining two matches went down to the wire, with Yale's Dylan King reaching a third set against Gonzaga's top player Ruadhan O'Sullivan and Nathan Brown doing the same against Gonzaga's Perkins at the No. 6 spot. Despite gaining an early lead with a dominant first set, King lost momentum in the following two sets and ultimately finished first in a 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 loss. In contrast, Brown rebounded from a tough first set to win the second and threaten a comeback, only to come up just short 6-3 in the third. 

Although the Bulldogs will be disappointed to conclude the weekend without a victory, they did well to push two top-tier teams in Gonzaga and UC Irvine. Moreover, Yale's current record still sits at 9-6 after winning seven consecutive matches prior to this past weekend. The Elis will next take the court on Wednesday (Mar. 21) for their final match in California, an away clash against Loyola Marymount.

Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity

FULL MATCH RESULTS – Gonzaga 5, Yale 2

Doubles

  1. Andrienko/Doehler (Y) def. Rettke/Everly (G), 6-3
  2. Brown/King (Y) def. Homedes/Perkins (G), 6-3
  3. Moreno/O'Sullivan (G) def. Heller/Sou (Y), 6-2 

Singles

  1. O'Sullivan (G) def. King (Y), 1-6; 6-1; 6-3
  2. Rettke (G) def. Heller (Y), 6-3; 7-6
  3. Doehler (Y) def. Egger (G), 6-3; 7-6
  4. Moreno (G) def. Andrienko (Y), 6-3; 6-1
  5. Everly (G) def. Sou (Y), 6-4; 7-5
  6. Perkins (G) def. Brown (Y), 6-3; 3-6; 6-3