March 9, 2011

Yale Reaches New High in Rankings at No. 23, Tops Army 7-0

Team Wins Every Set Against Golden Knights

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -  Tuesday saw the Yale women's tennis team achieve its highest ranking in school history, as the Bulldogs moved up to No. 23 in the country from No. 28. On Wednesday, they began positioning themselves for another move up by registering a decisive 7-0 sweep of Army at Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center. Yale did not drop a set as it won for the seventh match in a row.

Wednesday's dominant performance moved Yale to 10-2 in the spring, and the Bulldogs remain undefeated at Cullman-Heyman. The day began with three wins in doubles, including an 8-0 win at No. 2 by junior Stephanie Kent and freshman Annie Sullivan. The No. 3 doubles team of freshmen Blair Seideman and Kim Szokol won 8-2, and the No. 1 doubles team of junior Vicky Brook and senior Lindsay Clark won 8-3.

Singles play was highlighted by Seideman winning every game of her match at No 3 for a tidy 6-0, 6-0 sweep. Brook (at No. 1) and Kent (at No. 4) dropped only two games in their sweeps, and No. 88 sophomore Elizabeth Epstein dropped only three games in her sweep at No. 2. Sullivan and senior captain Stevi Petrelli added wins at the No. 6 and No. 5 spots respectively.

Petrelli has now won eight matches in a row, while Epstein and Sullivan have seven-match winning streaks.

Yale puts its winning streak on the line with a trip south for spring break that includes matches at Georgia State and No. 11 Georgia, along with a neutral-site match vs. No. 57 Purdue. After that Yale has one more tune-up against a pair of non-league foes (FDU and Quinnipiac) on Mar. 27 before Ivy League play starts. Brown, at No. 37, is the only other league team ranked in the top 40.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

 

 Position

 Yale University

 U.S. Military Academy

 Winner

 Score

 #1 Singles

 Victoria Brook

 Anne Houghton

 Yale University

 6-0,6-2

 #2 Singles

 #88 Elizabeth Epstein

 Jessica Ahn

 Yale University

 6-2,6-1

 #3 Singles

 Blair Seideman

 Erin Colton

 Yale University

 6-0,6-0

 #4 Singles

 Stephanie Kent

 Annie Hang

 Yale University

 6-2,6-0

 #5 Singles

 Stevi Petrelli

 Della Taylor

 Yale University

 6-2,7-5

 #6 Singles

 Annie Sullivan

 Emily Stein

 Yale University

 6-4,6-2

 #1 Doubles

 Victoria Brook
 Lindsay Clark

 Anne Houghton
 Jessica Ahn

 Yale University

 8-3

 #2 Doubles

 Annie Sullivan
 Stehpanie Kent

 Erin Colton
 Annie Hang

 Yale University

 8-0

 #3 Doubles

 Blair Seideman
 Kim Szokol

 Della Taylor
 Margaret Iliev

 Yale University

 8-2