September 25, 2009

Bulldogs Complete Day One at Cissie Leary Invitational

Rhee, Brook, Lederhandler, Kent, Epstein Advance to Round of Sixteen

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Bulldogs completed day one at the Cissie Leary Invitational at the University of Pennsylvania Friday.  Five Yale players advanced to the round of sixteen in the main singles draw.  Two Yale doubles teams advanced to the quarterfinals of the doubles draw. 

Senior Jessica Rhee advanced to the round of sixteen with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Penn’s Moly Anderson.  Sophomore Vicky Brook rolled to the round of sixteen by defeating Kirsten Magi of Purdue 6-2, 6-0. 

Senior captain Sarah Lederhandler won two matches to advance to the round of sixteen.  In the first round, Lederhandler cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Daniela DePaoli of Penn.  Lederhandler won 6-2, 7-5 over Columbia’s Katarina Kovacevic in the second round. 

Sophomore Stephanie Kent defeated Remi Martin of Purdue 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the round of sixteen.  Coming off a successful appearance in the Maryland Invite, freshman Elizabeth Epstein handled her opponent 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the round of sixteen as well. 

Two Yale doubles teams advanced to the quarterfinals of the doubles draw.  The doubles team of Epstein and junior Stevi Petrelli shut out their opponents 8-0 in the round of sixteen to advance to the quarterfinals.  They will face the No. 4 seed Saturday. 

The duo of Brook and Lederhandler also easily advanced to the quarterfinals.  They defeated a doubles team from Drexel 8-1. 

Petrelli, freshman Jenna Ritz, and junior Silia DeFilippis are all still alive in the consolation singles draw. 

Report Filed by Steven Horn ’10, Yale Sports Publicity