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Yale Falls to Dartmouth in Narrow Defeat

Alex Hagermoser. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Alex Hagermoser. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Andrienko, Hagermoser Win in Doubles; Lu Wins in Singles as Bulldogs Fall to Dartmouth, 4-1

HANOVER, N.H. – 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.

Friday's away match began with a hard-fought round of doubles. While Lu and Photiades fell 6-2 to Dartmouth's No. 3 team Charlie Broom and Max Fliegner, Andrienko and Hagermoser made an early statement for the Elis against Dartmouth's top team Roko Glasnovic and Diego Pedraza with a 6-2 victory of their own. With the point coming down to Stefan Doehler and Dylan King at the No. 2 position, the Yale duo hung tough for the early part of their match, but ultimately fell short by a service break to Dartmouth's David Horneffer and George Wall.

After narrowly winning the doubles point, Dartmouth quickly extended its lead in singles at the No. 3 and 4 spots, where the Big Green's Fliegner and Horneffer earned straight-set victories over Yale's King and Doehler, respectively. Yale star Tyler Lu responded by earning the Bulldogs' lone point of the day at No. 1 singles, edging Dartmouth's Ciro Riccardo 6-3, 6-4; this result built on the senior's impressive season thus far by improving his singles record this spring to 13-2.

The remaining three singles matches came down to the wire. Although Dartmouth's George Wall was the first to finish with a narrow 7-5, 7-5 win over Yale freshman Andrew Heller, both Andrienko and Ziqi Wang pushed their opponents to third sets; at the time the match was called in Dartmouth's favor, Andrienko held a 5-4 third set lead over Dartmouth's Eddie Grabill at No. 6 singles.

Though the Elis will be disappointed not to have completed a comeback on Friday, they can take pride in the fact that they held their own against such elite opposition. Sunday marks Yale's next chance to notch its second Ivy League win, as the Bulldogs are set to face rival Harvard at home. Sunday's match is set to begin at 2:00 p.m. 

Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity
 

FULL MATCH RESULTS – Dartmouth 4, Yale 1

 Position

 Dartmouth College

 Yale University

 Winner 

 Score

 #1 Singles

 Ciro Riccardi

 #60 Tyler Lu

 Yale University

 6-3, 6-4

 #2 Singles

 Charlie Broom

 Ziqi Wang

 Unfinished

 4-6, 6-2, 4-1

 #3 Singles

 Max Fliegner

 Dylan King

 Dartmouth College

 6-4, 6-4

 #4 Singles

 David Horneffer

 Stefan Doehler

 Dartmouth College

 6-3, 6-2

 #5 Singles

 George Wall

 Andrew Heller

 Dartmouth College

 7-5, 7-5

 #6 Singles

 Eddie Grabill

 Fedor Andrienko

 Unfinished

 6-4, 1-6, 4-5

 #1 Doubles

 Diego Pedraza 
 Roko Glasnovic

 Alex Hagermoser 
 Fedor Andrienko

 Yale University

 6-2

 #2 Doubles

 David Horneffer 
 George Wall

 Stefan Doehler 
 Dylan King

 Dartmouth College

 6-3

 #3 Doubles

 Charlie Broom 
 Max Fliegner

 Tyler Lu 
 Photos Photiades

 Dartmouth College

 6-2