Yale Topped by No. 16 Columbia in Final Home Match

Stefan Doehler. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity
Stefan Doehler. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Playing against one of the top teams in the country, Yale suffered a difficult 4-0 loss in its final home match of the season. The Bulldogs faced stiff competition in No. 16 Columbia, which sports the No. 22 and No. 56-ranked singles players in the nation in Victor Pham and Jackie Tang and the No. 42-ranked doubles duo in Jack Lin and William Matheson. Given the strength of the opponent, the Bulldogs put up a strong effort which presented many positive signs.

Yale's doubles lineup, which has found great success recently, ran into difficult competition in its matchups against Columbia. Leading off play, Yale's No. 2 doubles pair Stefan Doehler and Andrew Heller battled against the Lions' Adam Ambrozy and Michal Rolski, eventually falling 6-2. Despite a top opponent in the No. 1 spot in Columbia's Lin and Matheson, senior Fedor Andrienko and sophomore Dylan King had a solid showing, keeping the match close in a 6-3 loss. With the point clinched for the Lions, Cheng and Wang's match against Columbia's Austen Huang and Tang was stopped. 

While the Elis struggled in lower-seeded matchups, their top three singles players kept their matches close and battled well, with each one being cut short. In the No. 6 spot, Yale's Alan Sou suffered a tough 6-2, 6-1 loss against Austen Huang to begin play. The Lions quickly gained momentum, with Columbia's Timothy Wang topping Andrienko 6-0, 6-2 and Ambrozy outlasting Wang 6-4, 6-1 in the No. 5 and No. 4 positions respectively. These losses closed out the match for the Bulldogs, with the Lions clinching the win. Nonetheless, King and Doehler held their own in the No. 1 and No. 2 spots against two of the top singles players in the country. When his match was stopped, King was trailing No. 22 Pham 7-5, 5-5 after an unlucky first-set tiebreaker loss. Moreover, although Doehler dropped his first set against No. 56 Tang, he was leading 4-3 in the second set before his match was cut short. No. 2 singles player Andrew Heller was trailing Jack Lin 5-2 in the second set when play was halted.

Although the Bulldogs were likely hoping to pull off the upset in their final home showing, this match presented a number of positives in a demanding matchup against the top-ranked team in the Ivy League and one of the top teams in the country. The strong performances from Yale's King and Doehler were encouraging signs, and this weekend's difficult schedule, which slated the Elis against two ranked teams, will prepare them well for next weekend's match. The Bulldogs will close out their regular and conference season at Brown next Saturday at 1:00 p.m. 

Report by Kiran Damodaran '21, Yale Sports Publicity

FULL MATCH RESULTS - Yale 0, Columbia 4

 Position  Yale University  Columbia University  Winner  Score
 #1 Singles  Dylan King  #22 Victor Pham  Unfinished  DNF
 #2 Singles  Stefan Doehler  #56 Jackie Tang  Unfinished  DNF
 #3 Singles  Andrew Heller  Jack Lin  Unfinished  DNF
 #4 Singles  Ziqi Wang  Adam Ambrozy  Columbia University  6-4, 6-1
 #5 Singles  Fedor Andrienko  Timothy Wang  Columbia University  6-0, 6-2
 #6 Singles  Alan Sou  Austen Huang  Columbia University  6-2, 6-1
 #1 Doubles  Fedor Andrienko 
 Dylan King
 #42 Jack Lin 
 William Matheson
 Columbia University  6-3
 #2 Doubles  Stefan Doehler 
 Andrew Heller
 Adam Ambrozy 
 Michal Rolski
 Columbia University  6-2
 #3 Doubles  Ryan Cheng 
 Ziqi Wang
 Austen Huang 
 Jackie Tang
 Unfinished  DNF