PRINCETON, NJ – Four Bulldogs competed in the round of 16 of the ITA Northeast Regional tournament for the Yale men's tennis team on Saturday, with one other player competing in a consolation match. Although the team faced difficult competition across the board, junior Ryan Cheng advanced past his opponent and into the quarterfinals of his draw. All matches took place at Princeton University.
Senior Bulldog Dennis Wang faced a tough opponent in Princeton's Ryan Seggerrman, eventually falling 6-1, 6-4. Similarly, first-year Michael Sun battled hard against Dartmouth's Dan Martin in a 6-4, 6-1 loss. In a back-and-forth match, first-year Arnav Dhingra pushed his match against Daniel Soyfer to a third set after a 6-4 win in the second set. Unfortunately, after a hard-fought final set, Soyfer came out on top.
Offering a strong bright spot for the team, junior Cheng gained the only Bulldog win of the day in his match against fellow Ivy League player Roger Chou of Brown. The match was another thrilling three-set match for Cheng. After winning the first set 6-3, Cheng dropped a tight second set 7-5. Coming back with energy in the third set, Cheng eventually won the match after gaining the third set in a 6-3 victory.
Cheng will play again tomorrow against Cornell's Lev Kazakov, a strong opponent, in the quarterfinals. The match will take place at 11:00 a.m. at Princeton University.
Cheng (Yale) def. Chou (Brown) – 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
Seggerman (Princeton) def. Wang (Yale) – 6-1, 6-4
Soyfer (Cornell) def. Dhingra (Yale) – 6-2, 4-6, 6-0
Martin (Dartmouth) def. Sun (Yale) – 6-4, 6-1
Zaretsky (Quinnipiac) def. King (Yale) – 6-4, 6-2 (Consolation)