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Yale Gears Up For USTA Invitational

Steph Kent. (photo by Rick Limpert)
Steph Kent. (photo by Rick Limpert)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This weekend, seven members of the Yale women's tennis team will head to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City to compete in the 2011 USTA Invitational.

The tournament is organized in flights, so as to pit players of similar talent levels against each other, much like in team play during the regular tennis season.  There are nine flights for singles play and four flights for doubles. 

Yale is sending every member of the team except junior Elizabeth Epstein, who is coming off her performance at the ITA All-American Championships.  In singles play, senior Vicky Brook will play in the first draw, and freshman Hanna Yu and sophomore Blair Seideman will be in the second draw.  Freshman Amber Li is the lone Yale representative in the third draw, and sophomore Annie Sullivan and senior captain Steph Kent are playing in the fourth draw.  Finally, junior Sarah Guzick will play in the eighth draw.  Guzick is the newest member of the team, having just joined this week.  She was originally recruited before her freshman year, and was the No. 1 recruit from South Carolina as well as the No. 49 overall recruit nationally, but didn't play the last two years.

In doubles, Brook and Yu will play in the first flight, Sullivan and Li will play in the second flight, and Seideman and Kent will play as well, although their placement has not yet been finalized. 

The tournament features members of 22 teams, coming from as far away as North Texas University.

Saturday, the day will begin with two rounds of doubles play and will end with one round of singles. 

Interested fans can follow the results on the tournament's website here.


Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity