November 7, 2009

Yale Finishes Play at ITA Nationals

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale finished play Saturday at the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center at Yale University. 

Sophomore Stephanie Kent ended her run in the tournament with a 6-3, 6-3 loss to Duke’s Reka Zsilinszka in the quarterfinals of the consolation singles draw. 

On Friday, Kent pulled out a 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory over Auburn’s Fani Chifhieva.  On the first day of the tournament, pushed the No. 8 seed in the entire tournament to her limits in a three setter as she lost to Washington’s Venise Chan 6-2, 1-6, 6-4.

With the 16 best collegiate doubles teams and 32 best collegiate singles players in the country competing in the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, Yale proved it can play with the best. 

Kent and senior Jessica Rhee (Dayton, Ohio) played competitive singles matches in the tournament, and the doubles team of Kent and sophomore Vicky Brook (London, England) played two competitive doubles matches in the tournament. 

For Yale, the tournament also served as a chance to showcase the phenomenal Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center the best in collegiate tennis.  The Center includes eight Decoturf II courts, with state-of-the-art lighting and superior match viewing.  The magnificent lobby is spacious and provides comfortable lounging and ample viewing of most of the courts.  The new tennis center also includes team locker rooms, a modern team room, and coaches’ offices. 

For complete coverage of the tournament, click here.  For live stats, click here. 

Report Filed by Steven Horn ’10, Yale Sports Publicity