NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale tennis belongs with the best in intercollegiate tennis. That was what was learned from day one's results at the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships at Yale University Thursday. Earlier in the day, the doubles team of sophomore Stephanie Kent (Washington Depot, Conn.) and sophomore Vicky Brook (London, England) showed it in a heartbreaking loss in a tiebreaker. In the afternoon, Kent showed it again as she pushed the No. 8 seeded singles player to her limits before losing in three sets in the first round of the main singles draw.
Kent, a transfer from Cornell this season, went three sets with No. 8 seed Venise Chan of Washington before losing the heartbreaker. After dropping the first set 6-2, Kent fought back to win the second set 6-1 to force a third set. Kent jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the set before falling 6-4 in the third set.
Senior Jessica Rhee (Dayton, Ohio) drew the No. 6 seeded Allie Will of Florida in the first round of the main singles draw, and dropped a 6-3, 6-1 decision to Will.
But on day one of the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, consisting of the 16 best collegiate doubles teams and 32 best collegiate singles players in the country, the Bulldogs made a name for themselves by playing competitive matches with the nation’s best.
The duo of Kent and Brook held their own in a 9-8 (5) loss to Fresno Pacific’s Vanessa Heroux and Katie Sabate.
The duo from Fresno Pacific jumped out to a 3-0 advantage, but Brook and Kent kept their cool and stayed in the match. Down 7-4, Brook and Kent made their move. They rattled off thee straight games, including a break at 7-5, to tie it at 7-7. It did not look like it would make it as far as 7-7 though. Down 7-6 with Brook serving, Brook and Kent fell behind 0-40 to give their opponents triple match point. The duo battled back though and won five straight points to tie the match at 7-7.
Then Kent held at 7-8 to make it 8-8 and force the tiebreaker. The tiebreaker was a back and forth affair before Fresno Pacific pulled it out 7-5.
Brook and Kent will be back in action in consolation doubles play Friday at 8 a.m., and Rhee and Kent will play in the consolation singles draw Friday at 2 p.m.
Report Filed by Steven Horn
’10, Yale Sports Publicity