NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Despite a tough 5-2 loss to No. 33 Dartmouth in its first match of the Ivy League season, Yale showed encouraging signs. With many of the matchups proving to be competitive, this match showed that the Bulldogs can hold their own against top-ranked opponents, offering hope for the rest of the season.
Yale suffered difficult losses early, with No. 1 doubles Fedor Andrienko and Stefan Doehler falling 6-1 to Dartmouth's Charlie Broom and David Horneffer and No. 2 doubles Dylan King and Ryan Cheng losing 6-3 to Casey Ross and Roko Glasnovic. These matches displayed promise for future matches, however, as Broom and Horneffer are the 49th highest-ranked doubles pair in the nation. Moreover, King and Cheng stayed with Ross and Glasnovic for much of the match, with the score tied at 3-3 at one point. After Dartmouth clinched the doubles point, Andrew Heller and Ziqi Wang had their close 3-4 match at the No. 3 spot cut short.
Rebounding in singles, the Elis showed their ability to compete with two strong wins. Senior Andrienko cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 win over Dartmouth's Ciro Riccardi at No. 5 singles and Wang set a decisive tone at the No. 4 spot with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Max Fliegner. Even in the losses, there were a lot of positives to draw from the Bulldogs' performances. Heller showed flashes of dominance at the No. 2 spot before eventually falling 3-6, 7-5, 13-11 to David Horneffer after two thrilling tiebreakers. Because Dartmouth had already clinched the match 4-2 at the end of Heller's second set, the third set was replaced by a match tiebreaker. In a similarly back-and-forth match, No. 3 singles Stefan Doehler launched a strong second-set comeback in his eventual 6-3, 7-6 defeat at the hands of Dartmouth's Dan Martin.
Doehler's match was the deciding point; prior to his tiebreak loss, Dartmouth was leading 3-2 with the Elis mounting a seeming comeback. While Yale's loss marks a disappointing beginning to the Ivy League season, the Bulldogs have a chance to rebound against No. 28 Harvard on Sunday in Cambridge. Harvard recently topped Dartmouth 4-0, so Yale will need to be on the top of its game to avoid an early 0-2 conference start. Beginning league play with such strong competition will prepare Yale for later-season efforts, however, and the Bulldogs will have a great opportunity to demonstrate their strength as a team on Sunday.
Report by Kiran Damodaran '21, Yale Sports Publicity
FULL MATCH RESULTS - Yale 2, Dartmouth 5
|Position||Yale University||Dartmouth College||Winner||Score|
|#1 Singles||Dylan King||Charlie Broom||Dartmouth College||6-3, 6-3|
|#2 Singles||Andrew Heller||David Horneffer||Dartmouth College||3-6, 7-5, 1-0|
|#3 Singles||Stefan Doehler||Dan Martin||Dartmouth College||6-3, 7-6|
|#4 Singles||Ziqi Wang||Max Fliegner||Yale University||6-3, 6-1|
|#5 Singles||Fedor Andrienko||Ciro Riccardi||Yale University||6-3, 6-3|
|#6 Singles||Ryan Cheng||Peter Conklin||Dartmouth College||6-2, 6-4|
|#1 Doubles|| Fedor Andrienko
| #55 David Horneffer
|#2 Doubles|| Ryan Cheng
| Roko Glasnovic
|#3 Doubles|| Ziqi Wang
| Max Fliegner