Yale concluded the East Coast Challenge Tournament at West Point, New York this past Saturday with a confident victory over Army before being edged out by the experienced Michigan State. The Bulldogs' spring campaign will continue this coming Saturday against Quinnipiac at 1:00 p.m. at the Cullman Heyman Tennis Center.
The No. 3 doubles duo comprised of junior Andrew Heller and First year Arnav Dhingra broke out of the gates early against Army, taking down the Army team of Quiros and Huttepain 6-4. After Dylan King and Michael Sun fell to the No. 44 nationally ranked doubles team in Army's Conlin and Larichev in a closely contested 6-4, Junior Ryan Cheng and sophomore Cody Lin were able to seal the doubles point for the Bulldogs with an impressive 7-6 comeback victory at the No. 2 position.
Dylan King quickly claimed the No. 2 singles match by a margin of 6-1, 6-3, building on the confidence still radiating from Cheng and Lin. Sun's fall at the No. 1 singles spot to a veteran opponent in Army's Conlin brought Army onto the scoreboard along with a loss from Dennis Wang at the No. 6 spot, but confident victories from Lin and Cheng brought the match to a grinding halt with the clinched team score of 4-2. Both Ryan Cheng and Cody Lin will continue to be centerpieces of the Yale lineup and massive team confidence boosters for the rest of the spring.
That same afternoon the Bulldogs took the court against Michigan State and showed no signs of slowing down. King and Sun came away with a 6-2 victory followed closely by a 6-3 victory from Cheng and Lin to put Yale up 1-0 over the Spartans. King's level of play also seemed to be on the rise, an ominous sign for Michigan State as he cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win at the No. 2 singles position. However, with tight losses from Dhingra, Cheng, and Wang at their respective No. 4, 3, and 5 positions, the fate of the match was placed in the hands of sophomore Alan Sou and first year Michael Sun. Though many fans hearkened back to Sou's debut match last spring with a closing win over ranked foe William and Mary, Sou would just barely fall short in this contest 7-6, 1-6, 4-6. There is no doubt that Sou and the rest of the Bulldog squad have a bright season ahead of them, which will pick back up this Saturday at home.
Report by Andrew Heller '20, Yale Sports Publicity
Full Results: Yale vs. Army
Conlin/Larichev (Army) def. King/Sun (Yale) – 6-4
Cheng/Lin (Yale) def. Mitchell/Gorshein (Army) – 7-6
Heller/Dhingra (Yale) def. Quiros/Huttepain (Army) – 6-4
Conlin (Army) def. Sun (Yale) – 6-3, 6-2
King (Yale) def. Mitchell (Army) – 6-1, 6-3
Cheng (Yale) def. Larichev (Army) – 6-2, 7-5
Huttepain (Army) vs. Dhingra (Yale) – DNF
Lin (Yale) def. Quiros (Army) – 7-6, 6-4
Gorshein (Army) def. Wang (Yale) – 6-4, 6-3
Full Results: Yale vs. Michigan State
King/Sun (Yale) def. Winkler/Carlin (MSU) – 6-2
Cheng/Lin (Yale) def. Rakic/Pero (MSU) – 6-3
Heller/Dhingra (Yale) vs. Shisler/Williams (MSU) – DNF
Sun (Yale) vs. Winkler (MSU) – DNF
King (Yale) def. Carlin (MSU) – 6-2, 6-1
Rakic (MSU) def. Cheng (Yale) – 6-4, 6-4
Gates (MSU) def. Dhingra (Yale) – 6-3, 6-2
Williams (MSU) def. Lin (Yale) – 6-4, 7-5
Pero (MSU) def. Wang (Yale) – 6-7, 6-1, 6-4