NEW HAVEN, Conn. – In a difficult away match against Princeton, Yale men's tennis was defeated 4-0. The Tigers have been dominant on their own courts this season, as this win improved their home record to a perfect 9-0. Although the Bulldogs struggled, the matches remained tight.
Yale saw an improvement in doubles play from previous contests, with the doubles point coming down to a close third match. Although the Elis fell behind initially with No. 1 duo sophomore Dylan King and senior Fedor Andrienko dropping their match 6-3 to Princeton's Luke Gamble and Damian Rodriguez, Yale responded quickly with a win in the No. 3 spot, as Ryan Cheng and Ziqi Wang topped Kial Kaiser and Diego Vivez by the same score. With the doubles count at 1-1, the remaining weight fell on the third and final match; unfortunately, after a tough battle, Yale's No. 2 doubles pair, sophomore Andrew Heller and captain Stefan Doehler, fell 6-4 to the Tigers' Payton Holden and Ryan Seggerman. Yale's doubles pairs were a shake-up from the usual duos of Andrienko and Doehler, King and Cheng, and Wang and Heller.
After dropping the doubles point, the Bulldogs struggled to regain momentum, with Princeton's No. 6 Holden quickly handling Yale's Cheng 6-2, 6-0 to begin singles play. The Tigers' Davey Roberts continued Princeton's run at the No. 4 spot, as he topped Wang 6-2, 6-3. With pressure mounting and Yale facing an intimidating 3-0 deficit, the Bulldogs' hopes looked to slip, despite close matches persisting in each of the remaining spots. Unfortunately, No. 1 singles player Dylan King fell to Kial Kaiser first, however, losing 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 after a close first-set tiebreaker. While this concluded a disappointing day and 4-0 loss for the Bulldogs, when the other matches were halted, Yale was leading in two of them, with Andrienko stopped at 1-6, 6-3, 2-1 in the No. 5 spot and Heller stopped at 6-2, 3-6, 4-2 in the No. 3 spot.
This defeat drops Yale's conference record to 0-3. The Elis will look to recreate last year's success and turn the season around in another away match tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. against Penn.
Report by Kiran Damodaran '21, Yale Sports Publicity
FULL MATCH RESULTS - Princeton 4, Yale 0
|Position||Princeton University||Yale University||Winner||Score|
|#1 Singles||Kial Kaiser||Dylan King||Princeton University||7-6(4), 6-3|
|#2 Singles||Luke Gamble||Stefan Doehler||Unfinished|
|#3 Singles||Ryan Seggerman||Andrew Heller||Unfinished|
|#4 Singles||Davey Roberts||Ziqi Wang||Princeton University||6-2, 6-3|
|#5 Singles||Damian Rodriguez||Fedor Andrienko||Unfinished|
|#6 Singles||Payton Holden||Ryan Cheng||Princeton University||6-2, 6-0|
|#1 Doubles|| Luke Gamble
| Fedor Andrienko
|#2 Doubles|| Payton Holden
| Stefan Doehler
|#3 Doubles|| Diego Vives
| Ryan Cheng