Epstein Advances to Finals at Regionals

Elizabeth Epstein. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Elizabeth Epstein. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Monday, Yale emerged from the fourth day of the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Women's Championships with a 2-2 singles record and 0-2 doubles record. 

Playing at Yale's own Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center, Yale's story of the day was junior Elizabeth Epstein, who advanced to the finals.  In the quarterfinals, she faced up against Boston College's Jessica Wacnik and emerged with a 6-4; 7-5 victory.  In the semifinals she was against Vanessa Petrini of Rutgers.  Epstein won that match by a 6-4; 6-1 mark.  Epstein will be opposed by Columbia junior Nicole Bartnik, the tournament's third seed, in the final on Tuesday.  Bartnik beat Epstein's teammate Blair Seideman in the fourth round, but dropped the first set to the sophomore, the only set she would lose all tournament. 

Bartnik also knocked off Yale freshman Hanna Yu, eliminating her in straight sets in the semifinals.  Yu, unseeded in the tournament, knocked off Stony Brook's Nina Lagvilava, the No. 13 seed, in an extremely close quarterfinals 1-6; 7-6 (1); 6-1 before falling to Bartnik.

Senior Vicky Brook was eliminated in the quarterfinals against Rutgers' Vanessa Petrini. In the match, brook dropped the first set 7-5, then came back to win the second 6-2 to set up a winner-takes-all third set.  She went down 3-0 in the third set before retiring.

Brook and Yu also played on the doubles side Monday, going up against a Boston College pairing of Olga Khymylev and Alex Kelleher.  The Yale pairing couldn't pull away, dropping the match 8-5 in the semifinals.  Brook and Yu ended the tournament with four wins in doubles and both having advanced to the quarterfinals in singles. 

The other semifinals matchup also pitted Yale and Boston College against each other, with Yale sophomore Annie Sullivan and freshman Amber Li going up against Erina Kikuchi and Jessica Wacnik.  The Boston College team won 8-4, and then lost in the finals to their teammates Khymylev and Kelleher. 

Epstein will finish off her tournament showing Tuesday in the singles final, the only match left to be played. 


Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity