NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After starting off the season 9-2, Yale was ranked No. 28 in the most recent edition of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national rankings released Tuesday afternoon. The No. 28 ranking is the highest ranking on record in Yale women's tennis history.
The ranking comes after the Bulldogs defeated No. 32 William & Mary last weekend at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center. Yale has also defeated the following other ranked teams with their highest ranking of the season in parenthesis: Wake Forrest (No. 39), Harvard (No. 47), Dartmouth (No. 57), and Boston University (No. 61) twice. Yale’s two losses came against Duke and Vanderbilt, teams that have been ranked as high as No. 1 and No. 19, respectively.
“No. 28 in the country is Yale’s best national ranking in the history of the women’s tennis program and we’re really excited,” head coach Danielle Lund McNamara said. “The team has worked very hard to reach this point and the players deserve the success they are having. With that said, there is still a lot of tennis left to be played this season and we have many more goals we’re striving to achieve. Most importantly, we have four tough matches during spring break that will help prepare us for what is sure to be a grueling Ivy League season in April. Being ranked this high right now is nice, but what matters most is where we finish when it’s all said and done.”
The Bulldogs have this weekend off before hosting Western Michigan at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center to start spring break March 7. Yale’s spring break trip to Florida includes matches against No. 29 South Florida and No. 41 Florida International. The Bulldogs will then face a grueling Ivy League schedule that includes No. 44 Princeton, No. 53 Harvard, No. 54 Brown, and No. 57 Dartmouth.
Report Filed by Steven Horn ’10, Yale Sports Publicity