NEW HAVEN, Conn. – If nothing else this weekend, Yale has already proven that it belongs on the same court as the best in its first match of the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships Thursday at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center at Yale University. The doubles team of sophomore Stephanie Kent (Washington Depot, Conn.) and sophomore Vicky Brook (London, England) 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 three 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.
The ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships doubles draw consists of the 16 best collegiate doubles teams in the country. Although they could not come away with a first round victory, Kent and Brook showed that they belonged in this draw with the 16 best.
The duo will be back in action in the quarterfinals of the doubles consolation bracket against Miami’s Gabriella Meija and Laura Vallverdu later this weekend.
Report Filed by Steven Horn
’10, Yale Sports Publicity