Yale to Face Competition from Elite Northeast Teams in Dartmouth-Hosted Event
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Members of the Yale men's tennis team will travel to Hanover this Friday to compete in the Dartmouth Invitational. The annual weekend-long tournament traditionally features players from the strongest squads in the Northeast region; this year's field of teams will include competitors from Army, Binghamton, Boston University, Brown and Dartmouth.
The Dartmouth Invitational marks the fourth event of the Bulldogs' 2017-18 campaign, and comes off the heels of impressive performances at the Penn Invitational, Ivy Plus and ITA All-American Championships over the past month. Events like the Dartmouth Invitational, which are scheduled at the beginning of the fall season, provide invaluable playing experience to those players looking to gain some early momentum; for Yale, first-year Alan Sou certainly qualifies. Sou has notched several impressive singles victories thus far, including a three-set win over Cornell's Denton Ho in his most recent action at the Ivy Plus.
Yale sophomore Andrew Heller has been among the Elis' top performers so far this season, posting a 6-2 singles record. The sophomore will assume a crucial role in the team's success this season; this weekend's Invitational represents a significant opportunity for him to improve and make a statement against regional rivals.
Senior duo Fedor Andrienko and Stefan Doehler have also impressed so far this season, as the pair most recently won five straight doubles matches en route to a championship at the Ivy Plus. When the two were to join forces again this weekend, success in Hanover would solidify their remarkable start. Juniors Nathan Brown and Dennis Wang will also play vital roles in the Bulldogs' success this year, and they should have a chance to make an impact at the Dartmouth Invitational.
This weekend's tournament will be a split event, with a number of singles and doubles flights. Singles will kick off on Friday and continue through Sunday, while doubles action will start on Saturday morning, and also run through the end of the weekend. Under this format, each Yale player should play at least three matches in singles and/or doubles while in Hanover. The full tournament draw will be posted when made available.
Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity