New Haven, Conn. – The Yale women's tennis team turned in a strong first day of action Saturday at the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships, with all three doubles teams and one singles competitor advancing to the Round of 16.
Sophomore Elizabeth Epstein and freshman Blair Seideman teamed up to defeat Kaitlyn Carpenter and Jocelyn Providence of UMass 8-2 in the Round of 64 before topping UConn's Emily Herb and Jennifer Learmonth 8-5. The duo will be back in action Sunday against Cornell's Comolli twins, freshmen Shannon and Kelly.
Senior Silia DeFillipis and freshman Annie Sullivan joined forces in a 9-8 (3) victory over Buffalo's Adi Petrova and Diana Popescu followed by an 8-2 win over Chelsea Davis and Natasha Makarova of Columbia. The pair will face Rutger's Jennifer Holzberg and Amy Zhang in the third round of play Sunday.
Junior Vicky Brook and senior Lindsay Clark cruised to two victories Saturday, beginning with an 8-1 win against Seton Hall's Darcy Demers and Gabi Kaldan. The Bulldogs' next victory, an 8-3 performance against St. Bonaventure's Manuela Marin and Amanda Pallikunnel, set up Sunday's match versus Princeton's Monica Chow and Rachel Saiontz.
In singles, junior Stephanie Kent pulled off a 6-3, 6-3 win over Alex Livingston of St. Peter's.
Play continues Sunday in Hanover, N.H.
report filed by Alex Milvae '12, Yale Sports Publicity