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Yale Starts Strong in ITA Regionals

Dylan King.
Dylan King.

PRINCETON, NJ – Yale men's tennis had strong showings in singles play in their first matches in the ITA Northeast Regionals tournament earlier today. While the team has endured a few injuries recently, the Bulldogs bounced back well, with four players advancing in singles play. All matches took place at Princeton University. 

The Bulldogs got off to a tough start in doubles play, with two close losses. Despite a hard-fought match, Arnav Dhingra and Michael Sun fell to University of Connecticut's pair of Yili Zheng and Hank Hill 8-5. In similarly heartbreaking fashion, Dylan King and Ryan Cheng faced a tight 8-7 defeat at the hands of Buffalo's Ethan Nittolo and Valdemar Holm.

Despite a difficult start to the day, Yale bounced back well in singles play, winning four of five matches. Senior Dennis Wang had a dominant win over Harvard's Chris Morrow, as he advanced with a 6-1, 6-3 result. First-years Dhingra and Sun continued to stay in line with one another's success, as they both topped their opponents 6-4, 6-2. Dhingra faced Penn's Jason Hildebrandt while Sun battled Sacred Heart's William Wibmer. Junior Cheng played a thrilling back-and-forth match against Drexel's Alvaro Cruz Chamorro, before eventually edging his opponent. After winning the first set 7-6 (6) after a tiebreaker, Cheng dropped the second set but mustered a strong performance in the final set, winning 7-5 and advancing in the tournament.

Wang, Dhingra and Sun will compete at 1 p.m. tomorrow and Cheng will compete at 2:30 p.m in the Round of 16. Wang will battle Princeton's Ryan Seggerman, Dhingra will play Cornell's Daniel Soyfer, Sun will face Darmouth's Daniel Martin, and Cheng will match up with Brown's Roger Chou.

FULL RESULTS

Singles

Wang (Yale) def Morrow (Harvard) – 6-1, 6-3

Dhingra (Yale) def Hildebrandt (Penn) – 6-4, 6-2

Sun (Yale) def Wibmer (Sacred Heart) – 6-4, 6-2

Cheng (Yale) def Chamorro (Drexel) – 7-6 (6), 1-6, 7-5

Peters (Princeton) def King (Yale) – 6-0, 6-2

Doubles

Holm/Nittolo (Buffalo) def Cheng/King (Yale) – 8-7

Zheng/Hill (UConn) def Dhingra/Sun (Yale) – 8-5