NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Saturday, No. 30 Yale topped Auburn 6-1 in singles and lost 2-1 to No. 61 Purdue in doubles.
On the second day of the Bulldog Invitational, Yale put forward an excellent performance in singles against Auburn. Starting at No. 1, junior Elizabeth Epstein topped Emily Flickinger 6-3, 6-3 to maintain her standing at the top of the tournament's leader board. At No. 2, sophomore Blair Seideman topped Jennifer Pfeiffler to improve to 1-1 on the weekend. At No. 3, sophomore Annie Sullivan improved to 2-0 with a win over Paulina Schippers. Sullivan dropped the first set 6-4, but came back strong in the second and third with two 6-1 victories. At No. 4, senior captain Steph Kent moved to 2-0 on the weekend with a victory over Plamena Kurteva in which Kent won every single game. At No. 5, freshman Amber Li won the first set 6-0, but lost in a tiebreak in the second set and was unable to bounce back in the third. At No. 6, junior Sarah Guzick topped Taylor Cohen in straight sets to improve to 1-1. Finally, at No. 7, freshman Hanna Yu improved to 2-0 with her 6-0, 6-0 victory over Lauren Levant.
In doubles, the Bulldogs had a little trouble playing in new partnerships and went 1-2 against Purdue. At No. 1, Annie Sullivan replaced senior Vicky Brook as Hanna Yu's partner, and the pair fell 9-7 against Purdue's tournament leading pairing of Mara Schmidt and Jennifer Rabot. At No. 2, Steph Kent played in Sullivan's customary place along with Amber Li. The pair put together a strong performance, winning 8-6 against Imosen Golder and Gisella Pere. In the third spot, Elizabeth Epstein replaced Kent to pair up with Blair Seideman. These two played Lynda Xepoleas and Daniela Vidal close, but ultimately fell 8-6. Finally, Sarah Guzick paired up with Purdue's Von den Eerenbeent to win the fourth match 8-6.
Sunday, Yale will face off against No. 22 Tulsa in singles and Auburn in doubles.
Yale vs. Auburn
No. 1 – Elizabeth Epstein (Y) def. Emily Flickinger (A) 6-3,6-3
No. 2 – Blair Seideman (Y) def. Jennifer Pfeiffler (A) 6-1,6-2
No. 3 – Annie Sullivan (Y) def. Paulina Schippers (A) 4-6,6-1,6-1
No. 4 – Steph Kent (Y) def. Plamena Kurteva (A) 6-0,6-0
No. 5 – Jackie Kasler (A) def. Amber Li (Y) 0-6,7-6(5),6-0
No. 6 - Sarah Guzick (Y) def. Taylor Cohen (A) 6-1,6-4
No. 7 – Hanna Yu (Y) def. Lauren Levant (A) 6-0,6-0
Yale vs. Purdue
No. 1 – Rabot/Schmidt (P) def. Hanna Yu/Annie Sullivan (Y) 9-7
No. 2 – Stephanie Kent/Amber Li (Y) def. Golder/Pere (P) 8-6
No. 3 – Vidal/Xepoleas (P) def. Blair Seideman/Elizabeth Epstein (Y) 8-6
No. 4 – Sarah Guzick/Von den Eerenbeent (T) def. Dushkina/Magi (P) 8-6
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity