No. 35 Yale Defeats Cornell 7-0

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Sunday, the Yale women's tennis team topped Cornell 7-0, keeping the hope of an Ivy League championship a reality.

The win gives the Bulldogs a 3-1 record, with matches next weekend against Harvard and Dartmouth, both of whom are undefeated.  The only other team between Yale and first place is Brown, whom the Bulldogs will face in the regular season finale.  With that said though, Yale will need help in the form of a Princeton loss, as the Tigers currently hold the tiebreaker against the Bulldogs. 

In today's match, in doubles, Yale struck early, with 8-2 victories at the number one spot, with freshman Annie Sullivan and senior Lindsay Clark, and the number three spot, with freshmen Blair Seideman and Kim Szokol.  In the third match to finish, juniors Stephanie Kent and Vicky Brook struggled after tying the match 4-4, ultimately losing 8-6.  On the bright side, the pair showed flashes of excellent play, especially at the net, in what was only their second time playing together.

In singles, the Bulldogs played very well, taking all six matches.  Szokol won first, taking both sets in the sixth spot.  Seideman was next at the number three spot, also winning in straight sets.  No. 115 ranked Elizabeth Epstein, playing at number two, overpowered Cornell's Ryann Young en route to a two-set victory that clinched the match for Yale, and Kent, playing in the fourth spot, won her match shortly after.  Sullivan, playing at number five, had a closer match but still pulled off a two-set victory.  That left only Brook, playing at number one against Cornell's Christine Ordway, who had earlier beaten Brook and Kent in doubles.  Brook would have her vengeance though, winning 7-5, 7-6 (5), in a slightly controversial tiebreak which featured confusion over the score after the players disagreed and the USTA official present was unsure. 

Yale next plays at Harvard Friday at 2 p.m. 

Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity

 

Position  Yale University  Cornell University  Winner  Score
 #1 Singles  Victoria Brook  Christine Ordway  Yale University  7-5,7-6(5)
 #2 Singles  #115 Elizabeth Epstein  Ryann Young  Yale University  6-1,6-1
 #3 Singles  Blair Seideman  Sinziana Chis  Yale University  6-3,6-1
 #4 Singles  Stephanie Kent  Kelly Comolli  Yale University  6-0,6-1
 #5 Singles  Annie Sullivan  Ruxandra Dumitrescu  Yale University  6-3,6-3
 #6 Singles  Kim Szokol  Sarah O'Neil  Yale University  6-1,6-2
 #1 Doubles  Annie Sullivan
 Lindsay Clark
 Kelly Comolli
 Shannon Comolli
 Yale University  8-3
 #2 Doubles  Victoria Brook
 Stehpanie Kent
 Christine Ordway
 Ryann Young
 Cornell University  8-6
 #3 Doubles  Blair Seideman
 Kim Szokol
 Sinziana Chis
 Ruxandra Dumitrescu
 Yale University  8-2