As the 2015 Ivy League tennis season winds down, the Yale women’s team defeated Harvard 4–3 on Friday before losing to Dartmouth on Sunday by the same score. The men lost both of their matches against the same two universities.
Following their win over Harvard, the women moved to .500 on the season (9–9, 3–2 Ivy). But after their subsequent loss to Dartmouth, they dropped below the 0.500 mark. The Crimson won the doubles point to begin the day, but Yale battled back to secure four wins in singles competition. Hanna Yu ’15, Madeleine Hamilton ’16 and Ree Ree Li ’16 each notched victories in the first three singles spots for the Bulldogs.
Carol Finke ’18 fell behind in the second set of her match with Harvard’s Amanda Lin, but she battled back to win 6–3, 3–6, 7–6, clinching the overall Yale victory. In her final set, she won the tiebreaker by four points. According to Li, Finke’s win was the biggest of the day as she remained mentally and physically resilient to ensure that the Bulldogs came away victorious.
Despite the momentum of their first win, in the final home match of the season, the women dropped a 4–3 decision to No. 35 Dartmouth. The loss set the women back a game with their record. With one game remaining, No. 40 Princeton has already clinched the 2015 Ivy League title with a 6–1 record.
The Bulldogs fell behind again on Sunday as the Big Green won in the first two doubles positions. In singles competition Hamilton, the No. 2 singles player, defeated Katherine Yau by a score of 3–6, 6–2, 6–1. Courtney Amos ’16 and Li also both notched come-from-behind singles victories.
“We played well and competed hard,” Li said, “But Dartmouth was a little bit tougher than we were. We are hoping that going into our match with Brown next weekend, we can improve on taking the opportunities that we have to win.”
Meanwhile, on the men’s court, consecutive 5–2 losses to Harvard and Dartmouth moved the men’s team’s record to 11–11 and 1–5 in the Ivy League.
The Bulldogs began strongly against Harvard on Friday at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center. Freshmen doubles pair Fedor Andrienko ’18 and Stefan Doehler ’18 continued their dominance and defeated the No. 17 ranked pair in the country — Harvard’s Denis Nguyen and Brian Yeung. However, Harvard went on to capture the doubles point and sweep all but one singles match. Tyler Lu ’17 defeated No. 39 Denis Nguyen by a score of 6–3, 7–6.
“The Harvard match was great,” Coach Alex Dorato said. “We knew that it was going to be a tough match, and we could have been blown out of the water, but the fact that we were right in there with them was great. Everyone competed really well. I was happy with the way that we played.”
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs were on the wrong side of another 5–2 decision on Sunday when they traveled to Dartmouth.
After doubles victories by Daniel Faierman ’15 and Martin Svenning ’16, and Doehler and Andrienko, the Elis secured the doubles point. Andrienko and Doehler are now 4–2 in the Ivy League and are within grasp of a first-team All-Ivy selection.
“We started off really well with a lot of energy, especially because of the [doubles] win by Stefan and Fedor,” Alex Hagermoser ’17 said.
Svenning did not play in singles competition because of a nagging injury to his foot. Photos Photiades ’17 was inserted into the lineup due to Svenning’s absence, and he was the only Bulldog to record a victory. He defeated Dartmouth’s Max Schmidt by a score of 6–4, 3–6, 6–1. The Yale freshmen trio of Doehler, Andrienko and Wang all lost their singles matches in straight sets.
The men will host Brown on Saturday in the final home match of the season. The women will travel to Brown on Saturday to square off against the Bears at 12 p.m.