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Yale Drops Tough Away Match Against Princeton

Fedor Andrienko. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Fedor Andrienko. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

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 
 Damian Rodriguez
 Fedor Andrienko 
 Dylan King
 Princeton University  6-3
 #2 Doubles  Payton Holden 
 Ryan Seggerman
 Stefan Doehler 
 Andrew Heller
 Princeton University  6-4
 #3 Doubles  Diego Vives 
 Kial Kaiser
 Ryan Cheng 
 Ziqi Wang
 Yale University  6-3