Two Doubles Pairs Advance to Semifinals, Three Singles Players Advance to Quarters at Regionals
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Sunday, Yale went 7-1 in singles and 2-0 in doubles at the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championship.
In doubles, the two pairs still standing at the beginning of the day were made up of senior Vicky Brook and freshman Hanna Yu, the sixth seed in the tournament, and sophomore Annie Sullivan and freshman Amber Li. Both faced teams from Harvard.
Brook and Yu were faced with the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, Harvard's Kristin Morton and Hideko Tachibana, both juniors. In an extremely close match, Brook and Yu won by a score of 9-8 (4).
Said Brook, "It was amazing to get the opportunity to play such a high standard team, and the rivalry between the schools added to the enjoyment of the already tight match."
Sullivan and Li, up against Harvard's Hannah Morrill and Kelly Whelan, won their match by a score of 8-6. Both of the doubles pairs will face teams from Boston College Monday. The team facing Sullivan and Li is the tournament's highest remaining seed, at No. 5, and Brook and Yu will face the No. 7 seed.
In singles, three of the four remaining Yale players won their matches, advancing to the quarterfinals.
Junior Elizabeth Epstein, the sixth seed, beat Binghamton's Jillian Santos in a tight three-set match 5-7; 6-3; 6-2 before advancing ant topping No. 9 Misia Krasowski, from Brown, in straight sets 6-4; 7-6 (4). Monday, she will play Boston College's Jessica Wacnik for an opportunity to advance to the semifinals.
Brook, after advancing to the semifinals in doubles, took care of business in two singles matches. First, she topped Princeton's Lindsay Graff 6-3; 6-3, and then knocked off Harvard's Camille Jania 6-4; 3-6; 6-3. Both Graff and Jania were 17 seeds. She will play Vanessa Petrini from Rutgers, another of the tournaments 16 players given a 17 seed, on Monday.
Yu, unseeded entering the tournament, won her third and fourth matches on Sunday to go along with her doubles victory. First, she was matched up against Dartmouth's Akiko Okuda. After dropping the first set 6-3, Yu only dropped ten more games on the day, winning the next two sets 6-4; 6-1, and then knocking off Fordham's Amy Simidian 7-5; 6-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
Finally, sophomore Blair Seideman won her first match against Penn's Stephanie Do 6-3; 6-0, but was unable to pull off a victory against Columbia's Nicole Bartnik. Bartnik is the tournament's No. 3 seed overall, and after Seideman won the first set 6-4, proved to be too much, taking the next two sets 6-3 and 6-2, respectively.
Overall, Yale went 2-0 in doubles and 7-1 in singles matches Sunday. Action will continue Monday at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center.
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity