January 22, 2012

Yale Concludes Bulldog Invitational With Tie in Singles and Split in Doubles

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Sunday, the Bulldogs finished up the Bulldog Invitational with a 3-3 tie in singles to No. 22 Tulsa and a 2-2 tie in doubles against Auburn.

The results leave Yale with a final record of one win and two ties in singles, and two losses and a tie in doubles.  In their matchups with individual schools, Yale tied Tulsa in both singles and doubles, finished even with Purdue in singles but lost to them in doubles (although the loss of Vicky Brook made that doubles result a poor representation of Yale's usual strength in doubles), and defeated Auburn in singles but tied with them in doubles. 

In Sunday's singles matches, Yale faced off against a deep Tulsa squad and fell 4-2 to the No. 22 ranked team in the nation.  At No. 1, junior Elizabeth Epstein faced off against the nation's No. 78 player in Anastasia Erofeeva and fell in straight sets, leaving her with a 2-1 record in the tournament. 

At No. 2, sophomore Blair Seideman was matched up with No. 63 Sam Vickers and very nearly pulled off a massive upset. She won the first set 6-4 before dropping the second 7-6, then ran the third set up to 18 games before finally losing 10-8. 

At No. 3 sophomore Annie Sullivan swept her match to improve to 3-0 in the tournament, putting forward one of Yale's two undefeated performances.

The only other undefeated Bulldog was freshman Hanna Yu, who played at No. 4 against Tulsa and beat Michelle Farley 6-4, 6-2. 

At No. 5, freshman Amber Li fell 6-3, 6-1 to Isaura Enrique. 

At No. 6, junior Sarah Guzick won for the second consecutive day to improve to 2-1 in the tournament. 

In doubles, Yale was back to playing in their customary pairs at the top after variations Saturday, but couldn't find the usual excellence that has been their trademark this season.  At No. 1, senior Vicky Brook played with Yu, but the No. 16 ranked pair fell 8-2.  In the second spot, No. 59 ranked Sullivan and Li fell just short, losing their match 8-7 (4).  In the third spot, Epstein and senior captain Steph Kent played together, crushing Auburn's Emily Flickinger and Taylor Cohen 8-2.  At No. 4, Guzick and Seideman put together an even stronger performance, winning 8-1 to give Yale a split.

Next weekend, Yale will head to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the National Team Indoor Qualifier, with their first match coming against No. 20 Notre Dame.

 

#30 Yale vs. #22 Tulsa - Singles

 

No. 1 – #78 Anastasia Erofeeva (T) def. Elizabeth Epstein 6-3,6-1

No. 2 – #63 Sam Vickers (T) def. Blair Seideman 4-6,7-6,10-8

No. 3 – Annie Sullivan def. Ewa Szatkowska (T) 6-4,6-4

No. 4 – Hanna Yu def. Michelle Farley (T) 6-4,6-2

No. 5 – Isaura Enrique (T) def. Amber Li 6-3,6-1

No. 6 – Sarah Guzick def. Bonny Davidson (T) 6-3,7-5

 

#30 Yale vs. Auburn - Doubles

 
 

No. 1 – Kasler/Pfeifler def. #16 Hanna Yu/Vicky Brook (Y) 8-2

No. 2 – Levant/Schippers def. #59 Sullivan/Li (Y) 8-7(4)

No. 3 – Elizabeth Epstein/Steph Kent (Y) def. Flickinger/Cohen 8-2

No. 4 – Sarah Guzick/Blair Seideman def. Schreimann/Levant 8-1

 
 

Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity 

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