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Yale Prepares for Pair of Road Matches

Fedor Andrienko. Photo by Steve Musco.
Fedor Andrienko. Photo by Steve Musco.

Bulldogs Set to Face William & Mary on Saturday, Elon on Sunday

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After notching back-to-back wins over Brown and Monmouth this past weekend, the Yale men's tennis team is set to hit the road this weekend for a pair of away matches. The Elis will first travel to Virginia on Saturday to take on William & Mary, then head further south to North Carolina to take on Elon the following day. Although the Bulldogs have started the spring season well, both of their opponents this weekend boast winning records and will pose a challenge.

Yale's first opponent of the weekend, William & Mary, has played the Bulldogs each of the last three years. In the two sides' most recent meeting a year ago, Yale emerged with a 5-2 victory thanks to the work of sophomores Ryan Cheng and Dylan King, who combined for a win in doubles and each claimed wins in singles. Senior Ziqi Wang also earned a straight-set victory over William & Mary's Christian Cargill, who returns this year as the Tribe's top singles player. As Cargill has already notched a victory over a nationally ranked player (No. 66 Gabriel Friedrich) this spring, Yale's Andrew Heller will likely need to play his best tennis to earn a positive result on Saturday. William & Mary star Louis Newman, who has notched an 8-3 singles record in his last 11 matches, will also pose a challenge to Yale's Stefan Doehler at the No. 4 position; Doehler has also been in fine form recently, however, earning a 6-2 record in his last eight singles matches.

Yale's second opponent of the weekend, Elon, has a 5-4 record in 2018. Although Elon has suffered a number of tough losses so far – including a 4-3 defeat to William & Mary – the side features impressive talent across the board. Among Elon's top performers is No. 6 player Felipe Osses-Konig, who has gone 5-3 this spring; however, he will likely meet his match in Yale senior Fedor Andrienko, who has heated up this spring with a phenomenal 6-1 singles record. Andrienko has also combined well with Doehler at No. 1 doubles, as the pair most recently earned a 6-2 victory over Brown's Aaron Sandberg and Ching Lam.

After a strong performance at the ECAC Indoor Championships last weekend, Yale's upcoming road trip will test the team's ability to maintain its positive momentum. Saturday's match at William & Mary will start at 11 a.m., while Sunday's match at Elon will start at noon. 

Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity