2016-17 Yale Men's Tennis News

  • No. 3 Seed Edges Lu in Opening Round of NCAA Singles Championships
    May 24, 2017
    Yale's Tyler Lu played his opening round match of the NCAA Singles Championships on Wednesday, taking on tournament No. 3 seed Petros Chrysochos at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Georgia. Chrysochos came into the match with a national ranking of No. 5 and a stellar 32-7 record in the top singles spot for the No. 1 ranked team in the nation (Wake Forest); the highlight of his sophomore season was a masterful 6-2, 6-4 victory over Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard (ranked No. 2 in the country). So, despite a remarkable season where the Bulldog earned Ivy League Player of the Year, the unseeded Lu still entered Wednesday's match as a considerable underdog.
  • NCAA Recognizes 14 Yale Teams
    May 04, 2017
    Fourteen Yale teams are being recognized for outstanding performance in the classroom.
  • Columbia Edges Yale in Season Finale
    April 23, 2017
    Following a resilient performance against No. 26 Cornell on Saturday, the Yale men's tennis team faced off against Columbia away from home on Sunday. Given Columbia’s position as joint league leaders and highest-ranked team in the conference, the Bulldogs entered the match as considerable underdogs; and although the Elis forced close matches across the board, they ultimately fell 5-2 as the Lions earned their fourth consecutive Ivy League title. As has been a recurring theme this season, Tyler Lu and Dylan King emerged as star players on the day, with both players notching singles victories over tough opponents.
  • Yale Falls Just Short of Major Upset
    April 22, 2017
    Coming off a 4-1 victory over Penn in its most recent match, the Yale men’s tennis traveled to Ithaca on Saturday to take on league-leading Cornell in the Bulldogs’ penultimate match of the season. Despite the strength of their opponent (Cornell currently ranks No. 26 in the nation) and the difficulties of playing away from home, the Elis submitted an impressive performance on Saturday, falling just a few points short of a major upset victory. The final score, 4-3 in Cornell’s favor, tells the story of a dramatic match that was decided only in its final moments; in fact, the match could not have been closer, with the final point coming down to a third-set tiebreak between Yale’s Stefan Doehler and Cornell’s Pietro Rimondini.
  • Yale Cruises Past Penn
    April 16, 2017
    The Yale men’s tennis team notched a crucial victory on Sunday, cruising to a 4-1 win over Penn at home. This result not only came against one of the top sides in the Ivy League (Penn beat Brown and Harvard earlier this season), but also improved the Bulldogs’ overall record to 16-7 (2-3 Ivy). In a match where the Elis played well across the board, one primary storyline was the return of freshman Ryan Cheng from injury, which noticeably boosted the team’s morale and performance in a match that the players knew would be a challenge.
  • Bulldogs Resilient in Narrow Defeat
    April 15, 2017
    The Yale men’s tennis team hosted Princeton in New Haven on Saturday, falling just a few games short of victory in a match that came down to a pair of three-set singles matches. Although the Elis will be disappointed to drop a match against a conference opponent, they can take pride in their performance against one of the toughest sides in the Ivy League. Among Yale’s top performers on Saturday were Dylan King, Tyler Lu and Ziqi Wang, who all won singles matches in the top three positions.
  • Harvard Edges Yale in Rivalry Match
    April 09, 2017
    The Yale men’s tennis team played its second match of the weekend on Sunday, hosting rival Harvard in a high-stakes conference clash. Having lost 4-0 to the Crimson earlier in the season, the Bulldogs came into Sunday’s match determined to show their recent improvement; and although the away side ultimately came away with a 4-2 victory, the Elis can take pride in a resilient performance across the board. Notably, Yale was able to clinch the doubles point with a pair of clutch performances at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles, and top player Tyler Lu managed to remain unbeaten in conference singles matches.
  • Yale Falls to Dartmouth in Narrow Defeat
    April 07, 2017
    Following a convincing victory over St. John’s last weekend, the Yale men’s tennis team traveled to Hanover on Friday to take on Dartmouth in its second match of the Ivy League season. Although the Elis competed well across the board and pushed several singles matches into third sets, the Big Green ultimately pulled away at the finish to earn a 4-1 victory. The Bulldogs’ top performers on Friday included Fedor Andrienko and Alex Hagermoser, who earned a doubles victory; senior captain Tyler Lu also notched an impressive win at the top of the singles lineup.
  • Weekend Slate Features Dartmouth, Harvard
    April 06, 2017
    After a convincing 4-1 win over St. John’s on Saturday, the Yale men’s tennis team will play its crucial second and third Ivy League matches of the season this weekend against Dartmouth and Harvard. These upcoming matches will give the Bulldogs an opportunity to build on a 5-2 win over Brown in last month’s conference opener and prove themselves as Ivy League title contenders. As for this weekend’s logistics, Yale will travel to Hanover to take on the Big Green at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, then return home to take on the Crimson at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Yale Cruises to Victory Over St. John’s
    April 01, 2017
    The Yale men’s tennis team traveled to Flushing Meadows on Saturday for its final non-conference match of the season, securing a comprehensive 4-1 win over St. John’s. This result improved the Bulldogs’ dual match record to an impressive 15-4 and marked their second victory over the Red Storm in as many months. In a performance that held many positives for the Elis, freshmen Dylan King and Andrew Heller notched highlight singles victories, with the former clinching the match at No. 3 singles; junior Stefan Doehler also contributed with a straight-set win in the No. 4 spot.
  • No. 11 California Edges Yale in Thriller
    March 22, 2017
    The Yale men’s tennis team saw its ten-match come to a dramatic halt on Wednesday in a nail-biter 4-3 loss to California. The Bulldogs’ opponents came into the match ranked No. 11 in the nation (in contrast to Yale’s current ranking of No. 48), having secured highlight victories over No. 4 Baylor and No. 10 UCLA; as such, the Bears represented the Bulldogs’ toughest challenge of the season. Despite the elite quality of the opposition, the Elis looked far from outmatched on Wednesday, with three star players – Stefan Doehler, Dylan King and Tyler Lu – winning their singles matches and pushing Yale within just a few points of victory. These three victories came as significant upsets given the higher national singles rankings of the Cal players, and will undoubtedly boost the Elis’ confidence going forward.
  • Surging Bulldogs Extend Win Streak to Ten Matches
    March 19, 2017
    After submitting a convincing 6-1 performance over UC Davis on Saturday, the Yale men’s tennis team put its nine-match win streak on the line against Sacramento State on Sunday. Although the Elis were playing away from home and felt the absence of the injured Ryan Cheng from the starting lineup, they rebounded from an early deficit to win the match 5-2 and extend their win streak to ten matches. In a match that was far closer than the score indicated, Bulldogs Stefan Doehler and Dylan King emerged as key contributors, as both players’ narrow singles victories managed to push Yale across the finish line.
  • Yale Wins Ninth Straight
    March 18, 2017
    Following a perfect 4-0 victory over San Francisco on Friday, the Yale men’s tennis team headed into Saturday’s match against UC Davis with an eight-match win streak on the line. Despite their opponents’ home court advantage and the absence of Ryan Cheng due to injury, the Elis excelled once again, securing a 6-1 victory that was much closer than the score indicated. In a match where the Bulldogs dropped just one out of nine matches, nearly every player was at the top of his game; freshman Andrew Heller and junior Stefan Doehler stand out, however, given their strong performances in tight singles matches.
  • Bulldogs Travel to California, Win Eighth Straight
    March 17, 2017
    The Yale men’s tennis team extended its win streak to eight matches on Friday, notching an impressive 4-0 victory over the University of San Francisco at the California Tennis Club. This strong result came despite the Bulldogs’ hectic travel schedule, which required them to take a cross-country flight on Thursday and allowed limited time to practice outdoors. Even in the face of these challenges, the Elis dictated Friday’s match across the board, with junior Stefan Doehler emerging as a top performer after winning matches in both doulbes and singles.
  • Yale Sweeps Invitational, Extends Win Streak to Seven Matches
    March 11, 2017
    The Yale men’s tennis team extended its win streak to seven matches this weekend with a trio of lopsided home victories over regional opponents Fairfield, Marist and Stony Brook. The Elis excelled in their role as hosts of this weekend’s Yale Invitational, dropping just two points across all three matches and improving their home record this season to a perfect 8-0. In what was an exceptional team performance, the Bulldogs failed to drop even a single set in doubles, notching a dominant 6-0 overall record on the weekend. In singles, freshmen Ryan Cheng, Andrew Heller and Dylan King stood out with two victories apiece; juniors Stefan Doehler and Ziqi Wang were also among a number of players who went unbeaten on the weekend.
  • Bulldogs Top Brown in Ivy Season Opener
    March 05, 2017
    The Yale men’s tennis team opened the 2017 Ivy League season in style on Sunday, cruising to a 5-2 victory over Brown at home. Despite the strength of their opponents, who came into the weekend riding an eight-match win streak, the Elis played exceptionally well across the board and were comfortably in control throughout. Sunday’s impressive performance not only improved the Bulldogs’ record to 8-3 (5-0 at home), but also marked their fourth consecutive victory over tough competition; the team’s recent success has coincided with its rise to an ITA national ranking of No. 45. One of the main takeaways from Sunday’s match was the strong play at the top end of Yale’s singles lineup, where three of the top four players won in straight sets; these same players also made important contributions in doubles.
  • No. 45 Yale Gears Up for Ivy League Home Opener
    March 02, 2017
    Following back-to-back victories over Elon and Old Dominion this past weekend, the Yale men’s tennis team will host conference opponent Brown on Sunday in the first match of the Ivy League season. Despite the considerable strength of their opponent (Brown boasts an 8-2 spring record), the Bulldogs certainly will not lack confidence given their exceptional form of late; the Elis (7-3) have been one of the most impressive teams in the Northeast Region this spring, most recently rising to No. 45 in the ITA national rankings after recording three straight victories over strong opposition. The Bulldogs will have the added motivation of avenging a loss in this fixture last year, which saw them fall 4-3 to Brown in the closest match of the season. So, by securing a win at home on Sunday, Yale would not only begin Ivy League competition on the right foot, but also show its considerable improvement over the past year. 
  • Bulldogs Blank Elon in 7-0 Victory
    February 26, 2017
    Following a morale-lifting victory over No. 26 Old Dominion on Friday, the Yale men’s tennis team continued its positive momentum on Sunday, cruising to a perfect 7-0 victory over Elon at home. Despite the considerable quality of their opponents, the Bulldogs dominated across the board, taking the match in relatively quick fashion without dropping a single set. Sunday’s standout players included Ryan Cheng, Stefan Doehler and Dylan King, who notched victories in both singles and doubles; these three players helped the Bulldogs improve their record on the season to 7-3 and preserve their unbeaten 4-0 record at home.
  • Yale Records Upset Victory Over No. 26 Old Dominion
    February 24, 2017
    The Yale men’s tennis team recorded its most impressive victory of the season this Friday, downing one of the top 30 squads in the country – Old Dominion – in a hard-fought 4-3 match at home. The Elis, who came into the match as significant underdogs, submitted stellar performances across the board in what they will likely look back on as a season-changing statement victory. Although the Bulldogs fell into an early deficit, they fed off the energy of the home crowd to pull off a remarkable comeback; Friday’s clash featured three three-set singles matches, including freshman Andrew Heller’s match-winning battle at No. 6 singles.
  • Yale Perfect in Victory Over St. John's
    February 19, 2017
    The Yale men’s tennis team finished up a busy weekend in Princeton on Sunday morning, taking on St. John’s in the backdraw of this year’s Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships. Feeling the absence of No. 2 singles player Ziqi Wang and coming off two hard-fought losses to Cornell and Harvard, the Elis showed impressive mental strength to bounce back and submit their most comprehensive performances to date. As one of the top teams in the Northeast Region, St. John’s came into Sunday’s match with high confidence given their success in this fixture last season, which saw the Red Storm grind out a 4-3 victory. The Bulldogs, however, surprised their opponents from the outset with an improved lineup bolstered by three starting freshmen (Ryan Cheng, Andrew Heller and Dylan King), establishing an early lead and then running away with the match in a dominant 4-0 performance.
  • Bulldogs Drop Hard-Fought Match to Crimson
    February 18, 2017
    The Yale men’s tennis team played its second match of the weekend on Saturday, taking on rival Harvard in the back draw of this year’s Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships. With both teams coming into Saturday’s clash following a loss on the previous day, players on both sides were motivated to reverse their fortunes; as a result, the tennis was remarkably competitive across the board, with four of six singles matches reaching a third set. Ultimately, however, the Crimson emerged on top with a 4-0 win, belying the truly narrow margins of victory in both singles and doubles.
  • Bulldogs Hang Tough in Opening Round Defeat
    February 17, 2017
    The Yale men’s tennis team played its first match of the annual ECAC Championships on Friday, taking on tournament No. 2 seed Cornell in a conference matchup. Both teams came into Friday’s clash with impressive spring records, with Yale having lost just one match from five and Cornell undefeated at 6-0. Although the Elis hung tough and played competitive matches across the board, they ultimately felt the absence of No. 2 singles player Ziqi Wang in a 5-1 loss. Despite the final score line, the Bulldogs will find consolation in the performance of several key contributors, as well as the overall competitive nature of the match.
  • Yale Earns Third Straight Victory
    February 04, 2017
    The Yale men’s tennis team extended its win streak to three matches on Saturday, topping Army 4-2 in a convincing all-around performance. Despite Army enjoying home court advantage, the Elis looked like the stronger side throughout the morning, with the players at the top of the singles lineup ultimately securing the victory. This victory to open the weekend puts the Bulldogs in good position to win their remaining two matches against Furman and Loyola Marymount.
  • Bulldogs Beat Furman to Finish Weekend Strong
    February 04, 2017
    The Yale men’s tennis team concluded its weekend in West Point with back-to-back strong performances against Furman and Loyola Marymount, improving its dual match record to 4-1 on the season. Although the Bulldogs suffered a narrow 4-3 defeat to Loyola Marymount on Saturday night, they bounced back the following day to post their most impressive win of the season in a dominant 4-2 performance over Furman. Given that Furman had actually beaten Loyola Marymount on Saturday, the Elis will be glad to have finished their busy weekend on such a high note. This team is coming together at the right time, and looks poised to make a splash come the Ivy League season in March.
  • Yale Gets Second Straight Victory
    January 21, 2017
    The Yale men’s tennis team played its second home match of the weekend on Saturday, taking on Buffalo in a regional matchup. The Bulldogs, who came into the match looking to avenge a narrow 4-3 loss in this fixture a year ago, fielded a young starting lineup for the second straight day, with freshmen Ryan Cheng, Andrew Heller and Dylan King all assuming starting singles positions. Although the Elis faced significant adversity throughout the match, they ultimately rose to the occasion at home to notch a 4-3 victory and improve their dual match to a perfect 2-0.
  • Bulldogs Impress in Home Opener
    January 20, 2017
    The Yale men’s tennis team officially opened the dual match season at home on Friday with a match against William & Mary. The Bulldogs, who came into the match looking to avenge a 4-3 loss in this fixture a year ago, fielded a starting lineup with a number of fresh faces. Notably, all three freshmen – Ryan Cheng, Andrew Heller and Dylan King – assumed starting singles spots and found success. Despite William & Mary’s strong performance, the new and improved Yale lineup won handily by a score of 5-2 to improve the Elis’ dual match record to 1-0.
  • Bulldogs Conclude Strong Showing at ITA Regionals
    October 24, 2016
    The Yale men’s tennis team made its exit from the ITA Northeast Regionals on Monday, with Yale’s final two players in the tournament – Stefan Doehler and Alex Hagermoser – falling in the semifinals of the doubles draw. The veteran pairing, who had won four straight matches to reach Monday’s semifinal, met their match in Columbia’s Richard and Victor Pham. Although the match was tight from start to finish with few service breaks, the opposing team ultimately pulled away in both sets to secure a 7-5, 6-4 win.
  • Upset Victories Propel Doehler and Hagermoser to Semifinal of ITA Regionals
    October 23, 2016
    Four members of the Yale men's tennis team played their fourth straight day of tennis on Sunday, taking on doubles and singles competition in Philadelphia at the ITA Northeast Regional Championships. The Elis had done extremely well over the past few days to make it to the later rounds of such an elite event, and the players who remained on Sunday truly represented the best that the Northeast region has to offer. Despite such tough opposition, veteran doubles pairing Stefan Doehler and Alex Hagermoser managed to provide several highlights on Sunday with a pair of thrilling victories.
  • Yale Players Shine at ITA Regionals
    October 22, 2016
    Coming off a strong performance on Friday, members of the Yale men's tennis team headed into Saturday's action at the ITA Northeast Regional Championships with a positive attitude. Competition promised to be tough across the board, with the Bulldogs facing elite players from the Northeast region; by the end of the day, however, the Elis had found significant success and proven themselves in both doubles and singles. Most notable was the performance of Dylan King and Tyler Lu, both of whom won their singles matches to advance to the round of 16 in main draw singles.
  • Bulldogs Impress at ITA Regionals
    October 21, 2016
    Main draw action of the ITA Northeast Regional Championships began on Friday, with the region's elite competitors gathering in Philadelphia to vie for a championship and berth into November's USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. Only four Bulldogs played singles on Friday, however, as three players – Dylan King, Tyler Lu, and Ziqi Wang – were enjoying a first round bye. Still, by the day's end, the Elis had made quite a strong statement across the board in both singles and doubles, with a 5-2 overall record.
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