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No. 5 Yale to Open Season Against No. 18 Amherst, No. 15 Williams

Nina Kempner. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Nina Kempner. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — No. 5 Yale will begin the 2013-14 season this Friday with matches against No. 18 Amherst and No. 15 Williams. Coming off a strong showing in the Ivy Scrimmages, the Bulldogs hope to begin the regular season with two victories.

Amherst finished last season with a 14-9 overall record 15th in the country and fifth in the NESCAC. After graduating its top two players from last season, the team will look for contributions from its younger members, including a large sophomore class that saw significant playing time as freshman last year. The Jeffs began their season Nov. 15 with a 9-0 defeat of Northeastern.

Yale will face Williams, who finished second in the NESCAC and 13th in the nation last season, in its second match of the day. Although the Ephs graduated four of their top nine from last season, Williams' younger players have quickly gained match experience. The team has already played 8 matches, posting a 4-4 record. Williams began the season with four straight wins before dropping its next four matches, including losses to No. 7 Stanford, No. 4 Princeton and No. 3 Penn, whom Yale defeated 7-2 at the Ivy Scrimmages.

This weekend's matchups will be Yale's only contests this month. The season resumes after winter break, with the Bulldogs scheduled to face No. 13 Franklin & Marshall and No. 14 Drexel on Jan. 8.

Report by Evan Brown '16, Yale Sports Publicity