The Yale Bulldogs defeated William and Mary this past Saturday in a confident display on the road, coming away with a 4-1 victory. Yale will resume their regular season on the weekend of March 9 with a series of home matches, starting with New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Yale found itself in a dogfight early on in doubles play as both sides of all three matches refused to drop a service game. Senior captain Nathan Brown and first year Arnav Dhingra held on tight to come away with a 7-6 victory over the talented William and Mary duo of Talcott and Quiros. But the Tribe struck back, showing their resilience with a 7-6 win at the No. 2 position over junior Ryan Cheng and sophomore Cody Lin. Finding themselves down by several points at the start of the set tiebreaker, junior Dylan King and first year Michael Sun were able to dig down and defeat their opponents 7-6 to clinch the doubles point for the Elis.
Singles play began just as evenly matched as doubles had proved to be, and the Tribe quickly bounced back with a hard-fought win at the No. 4 position over Dhingra. After dropping the first sets across several courts, Cody Lin and Dylan King were able to give the Bulldogs a strong boost with close wins at their respective Nos. 5 and 2 positions. Finding themselves up 3-1, Yale needed one more singles win to close out the match, with Michael Sun, Ryan Cheng, and Andrew Heller each finding themselves in a third set. With all three Bulldogs battling alongside each other, Heller was the first to emerge with an 0-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory to clinch the match for the Bulldogs 4-1.
Report by Andrew Heller '20, Yale Sports Publicity
King/Sun (Yale) def. Volk/Chen (W&M) – 7-6
Bautil/Vasser (W&M) def. Cheng/Lin (Yale) – 7-6
Brown/Dhingra (Yale) def. Talcott/Quiros (W&M) – 7-6
Sun (Yale) vs. Volk (W&M) – DNF
King (Yale) def. Quiros (W&M) – 7-6, 7-6
Cheng (Yale) vs. Talcott (W&M) – DNF
Vasser (W&M) def. Dhingra (Yale) – 6-3, 6-2
Lin (Yale) def. Chen (W&M) – 7-5, 6-4
Heller (Yale) def. Ruamthong (W&M) – 0-6, 6-4, 6-2