NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale will head to Providence, R.I. for its final match of the conference and regular season against Brown in a 1:00 p.m. start on Saturday. Coming off a difficult weekend against two top-ranked teams, the Bulldogs will look to revive the momentum their new doubles lineup gained after topping No. 45 Cornell's doubles pairs. The Elis will also need success in singles play, converting the strong performances from this past weekend into wins against Brown.
Brown will enter the contest, which will serve as its final match of the season as well, after a similarly difficult past weekend. Like Yale, the Bears faced No. 16 Columbia and No. 45 Cornell on Saturday and Sunday respectively, falling 4-0 and 4-1. The Bears are 15-10 on the season, but they have had a difficult April, with a record of 1-5 in league play, losing tough matches to No. 34 Harvard, No. 26 Dartmouth and Penn before notching a 4-2 win over Princeton. Despite its recent struggles, Brown maintains an 11-3 home record, which will present a challenge for the Bulldogs.
The last time these two teams met was earlier this year, when Yale came out on top in a 4-2 win at home in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Indoor Championship. The Bulldogs will look to repeat their success this weekend. With consistently strong performances coming from Yale's doubles pairs as of late, the Elis will look to gain the doubles point and get out to an early lead. The No. 1 matchup between Bulldogs Fedor Andrienko and Dylan King and Bears Jack Haworth and Anthony Arocho will be key in setting the tone for the doubles matches. At the No. 1 singles spot, King will look to set the tone as well in a matchup against Brown's Peter Tarwid; King was leading in their match earlier this year in the No. 3 slot, which was stopped when the Bulldogs clinched the win. At No. 2 singles, senior and captain Stefan Doehler will battle Haworth, and at No. 3 singles, sophomore Andrew Heller will face the Bears' Jacob Walker. Doehler will look to build off his tenacious performance this weekend against No. 16 Columbia's No. 56-ranked Jackie Tang to secure a win and momentum for the Elis. With the season winding down for senior Andrienko, he too will hope to top Brown's Ching Lam in the No. 5 spot.
Although this will be an away match, Yale is in a strong position to recreate its performance from earlier this year against Brown on Saturday. With both doubles duos and singles players offering solid performances in recent matches against tough opposition, the Bulldogs will be well-prepared.
Report by Kiran Damodaran '21, Yale Sports Publicity