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On Saturday afternoon, the Yale women’s tennis team (4–4, 0–0 Ivy) traveled to New Jersey to face Rutgers University (4–4, 0–0 Big Ten), while the Yale men’s team (5–4, 0–0 Ivy) competed in the ECAC Indoor Championships at Cornell University, where they faced Cornell (8–2, 0–0), Dartmouth (3–3, 0–0), and Penn (6–1, 0–0).

Chelsea Kung ’23, Rhea Shrivastava ’23, and Kathy Wang ’22 all won straight sets in singles as the women’s team defeated the Scarlet Knights 5–2.

“I thought we started strong in doubles and were able to carry that into singles,” stated Rachel Kahan, head coach of the women’s team. In both their doubles and singles matches, she praised Shrivastava and Wang for their great execution of the team’s game plan.

On and off the field, Mirabelle Brettkelly ’25 was proud of her squad. Throughout the weekend, she noticed how her team’s loud shouting kept the players energized and enthusiastic.

Caroline Dunleavy ’22, Jessie Gong ’22, Shrivastava, Vivian Cheng ’23, and Wang were the team’s singles leaders. The first line of doubles was Kung and Gong, followed by Dunleavy and Wang, and Brettkelly and Shrivastava.

The men’s squad started the weekend with a brutal 1–4 loss to the Ithaca powerhouse (the other matches were not completed), but bounced back with a close 4–3 triumph over the Big Green.

On Sunday night, the Bulldogs faced the Quakers, but were defeated 1–4 to complete the weekend. The ECAC Indoor Championships were won by Harvard (7–2, 0–0), Columbia (4–2, 0–0), Cornell, Princeton (6–4, 0–0), Penn, Yale, Dartmouth, and Brown (7–5, 0–0).

Theo Dean ’24, Cody Lin ’22, Aidan Reilly ’25, and Shervin Dehmoubed ’25 played the opening line of singles for the men’s team, followed by Michael Sun ’23, Theo Dean ’24, Cody Lin ’22, Aidan Reilly ’25, and Shervin Dehmoubed ’25. Walker Oberg ’25 played the sixth line of singles on Friday and Sunday, and Luke Neal ’25 played the last line on Saturday. Sun and Lin were the first line of doubles throughout the event, followed by Reilly with Dean and Renaud Lefevre ’24 with Oberg.

The players’ “energy and passion to play and compete during a tough weekend” impressed men’s team head coach Chris Drake the most.

Sun, who was rated 27th in the ITA Collegiate Tennis Division I Men’s National Rankings on Feb. 9, upset Cornell’s top player, Alafia Ayeni, who was ranked 27th in the ITA Collegiate Tennis Division I Men’s National Rankings on Feb. 9. Sun followed up his win over Ayeni the next day with a “clutch performance against a really talented Dartmouth player with the team match on the line,” according to Drake.

Oberg credits his team’s success and great performances to keeping flexible and ready to go despite spending long hours at the tennis center watching events. He and Dehmoubed agreed with Brettkelly’s assessment of the strong, supportive environment that helped keep the team together.

Drake was looking forward to seeing how his team stacked up against the rest of the Ivy League this weekend. “There’s a lot of work to be done if we want to enhance our finish in the spring,” Drake remarked.

Oberg is confident for a successful season and is looking forward to taking on the Quakers in Philadelphia on April 10.

The men’s squad will play Butler University (3–11, 0–0 Northeast) at home on March 5. The women’s team will compete in the Blue Gray Invitational this weekend in Montgomery, Alabama.

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