No. 36 Yale Defeats No. 66 Harvard, Keeping Ivy League Championship Hopes Alive

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 36 Yale women's tennis team defeated No. 66 Harvard 6-1 Friday afternoon at Harvard's Murr Tennis Courts. Yale improved to 4-1 in the Ivy League and dropped the Crimson to 4-1, with the tiebreaker in favor of Yale. 

The match began with a Harvard victory at the No. 1 doubles spot, but from there Yale asserted its dominance, with junior Vicky Brook and sophomore Elizabeth Epstein winning at the No. 2 doubles spot and freshmen Kim Szokol and Blair Seideman taking their match at the No. 3 spot, giving Yale the first point of the match.

In singles, Yale took victories at No. 2 with Epstein, No. 3 with Seideman, and No. 6 with senior captain Stevi Petrelli in straight sets.  The team also got victories in three sets from junior Stephanie Kent at No. 4 and Sullivan at No. 5, taking the victory handily. 

"It was a total team effort, and we came up big against our biggest Ivy rivals," said Seideman.

The match sets Yale up for Sunday's showdown against Dartmouth, which is 5-0 in league play.  Should Yale defeat Dartmouth, a win over Brown after that would give the Bulldogs at least a share of the Ivy League title.

 Position  Harvard University  Yale University  Winner  Score
 #1 Singles  #86 Holly Cao  Victoria Brook  Harvard University  6-3, 6-3
 #2 Singles  Hideko Tachibana  Elizabeth Epstein  Yale University  6-2, 7-6
 #3 Singles  Kristin Norton  Blair Seideman  Yale University  6-2, 6-0
 #4 Singles  Natalie Blosser  Stephanie Kent  Yale University  6-3, 4-6, 10-4
 #5 Singles  Hannah Morrill  Annie Sullivan  Yale University  6-3, 1-6, 6-2
 #6 Singles  Samantha Gridley  Stevi Petrelli  Yale University  6-4, 6-4
 #1 Doubles  Hideko Tachibana 
 Kristin Norton
 Annie Sullivan 
 Lindsay Clark
 Harvard University  8-2
 #2 Doubles  Holly Cao 
 Hannah Morrill
 Elizabeth Epstein 
 Victoria Brook
 Yale University  8-6
 #3 Doubles  Samantha Rosekrans 
 Natalie Blosser
 Blair Seideman 
 Kim Szokol
 Yale University  8-4
 

Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity

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