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No. 25 Yale Tops No. 32 Arkansas 5-2

Elizabeth Epstein. (photo by Rick Limpert)
Elizabeth Epstein. (photo by Rick Limpert)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The No. 25 Yale women's tennis team completed a successful road trip with a 5-2 win at No. 32 Arkansas Sunday.

As they did Saturday in their 6-1 win over No. 31 Oklahoma, the Bulldogs claimed the doubles point and then kept momentum going in singles play.

Indeed, Yale swept the three doubles matches, starting with an 8-3 victory by junior Elizabeth Epstein and sophomore Annie Sulivan at No. 2 over Catherine Parenteau and Kate Lukomskaya. 

Next to finish was the No. 16 ranked duo of senior Vicky Brook and freshman Hanna Yu, who beat Claudine Paulson and Laurie Gingras 8-5.

Finally, the No. 39 ranked pairing of sophomore Blair Seideman and senior captain Steph Kent won their fourth straight match, topping Stephanie Roy and Emily Carbone 8-3. 

In singles, Eptein dropped the first set 6-4 to Carbone in the No. 1 spot, but battled back to win the next two 7-5 and 6-1 to take the match.  At No. 2, Seideman topped Roy 6-4, 7-6 (4), and at No. 3 Yu dropped her match 6-0, 6-0 to Paulson.  In the fourth spot, Sullivan won a three-set thriller over Lukomskaya.  Sullivan dropped the first set 6-3, but battled back to win the second 7-6 (5), and won the third 7-5.  At No. 5, Kent crushed Parenteau 6-1, 6-3. Finally, freshman Amber Li topped Gingras 6-4, 6-3 to finish off the 5-2 win for Yale. 

The victory capped an extremely impressive weekend for the Bulldogs. The two teams they beat, the Razorbacks and Oklahoma, started the season ranked Nos. 24 and 25, respectively, while Yale was No. 30.  This came on the heels of a close loss to No. 10 Michigan and a win over No. 21 Notre Dame when the Bulldogs were only ranked No. 35.


Complete Doubles Results
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3
No. 1 #16 Vicky Brook/Hanna Yu (YALE) def. Claudine Paulson/Laurie Gingras (ARK) 8-5
No. 2 Elizabeth Epstein/Annie Sullivan (YALE) def. Catherine Parenteau/Kate Lukomskaya (ARK) 8-3
No. 3 #39 Blair Seideman/Steph Kent (YALE) def. Stephanie Roy/Emily Carbone (ARK) 8-3
Complete Singles Results
Order of Finish: 3, 5, 6, 2, 1, 4
No. 1 Elizabeth Epstein (YALE) def. Emily Carbone (ARK) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
No. 2 Blair Seideman (YALE) def. Stephanie Roy (ARK) 6-4, 7-6(4)
No. 3 Claudine Paulson (ARK) def. Hanna Yu (YALE) 6-0, 6-0
No. 4 Annie Sullivan (YALE) def. Kate Lukomskaya (ARK) 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-5
No. 5 Steph Kent (YALE) def. Catherine Parenteau (ARK) 6-1, 6-3
No. 6 Laurie Gingras (ARK) def. Amber Li (YALE) 6-4, 6-3