The Yale Men's Tennis team was able to find many bright spots on Sunday in Norfolk, Virginia, but ultimately gave way to a strong Old Dominion squad 4-0. The Bulldogs will take the court again in two weeks at home against NJIT, Marist, Fairfield, and Boston University.
Doubles competition began with both teams refusing to yield, but in the end Old Dominion would take the doubles point with 6-4 wins at both the Nos. 1 and 2 positions. Senior Captain Nathan Brown and first year partner Arnav Dhingra held strong at the No. 3 position as well before being shut out while on serve at 5-4. Yale's strong doubles performance surely bodes well for the rest of their spring season, proving that the Elis can hang with the best of doubles teams even while on the road.
Old Dominion was able to maintain their lead heading into singles, winning the first set on all six singles courts. First year Michael Sun would be the first to finish with a tough defeat to ODU's No. 1 singles player, 6-3, 6-0. Junior Andrew Heller would soon follow with a loss by the same margin at the No. 6 spot. However, before junior Dylan King was defeated at the No. 2 position in a challenging 6-4, 6-4 match, the Elis found themselves in close matches on every other singles court. Junior Ryan Cheng found himself up 4-3 in the second set, sophomore Arnav Dhingra took a 3-1 lead in his second set, and sophomore Cody Lin was leveled at a 5-5 deadlock in his second set. Despite losing the match 4-0, the Bulldogs certainly pushed Old Dominion at several positions and will use this match as a valuable learning experience going forward.
Report by Andrew Heller '20, Yale Sports Publicity
Kijametovic / Musitelli (ODU) def. King / Sun (Yale) – 6-4
Vidal / Maldoner (ODU) def. Cheng / Lin (Yale) – 6-4
Giesse / Tobisch (ODU) vs. Brown / Dhingra (Yale) – 5-4 DNF
Kijametovic (ODU) def. Sun (Yale) – 6-3, 6-0
Musitelli (ODU) def. King (Yale) – 6-4, 6-4
Cheng (Yale) vs. Giesse (ODU) – 4-6, 4-3 DNF
Dhingra (Yale) vs. Vidal (ODU) – 5-7, 3-1 DNF
Lin (Yale) vs. Maldoner (ODU) – 0-6, 5-5 DNF
Tobisch (ODU) def. Heller (Yale) – 6-3, 6-0