February 18, 2012

No. 25 Yale Tops No. 54 Boston College 7-0 to Advance to Championship of ECAC Indoor Tennis Championship

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Saturday, the No. 1 seeded Yale women's tennis team knocked off No. 4 Boston College in the semifinals of the ECAC Indoor Championship.

The Bulldogs kicked off their victory by winning the doubles point.  Senior Vicky Brook and freshman Hanna Yu, ranked No. 27 nationally, upset No. 14 ranked Olga Khmylev and Alex Kelleher 8-6.  Earlier this season, Khmylev and Kelleher beat the nation's No. 5 ranked duo.  In the second spot, the No. 37 ranked pairing of junior Elizabeth Epstein and sophomore Annie Sullivan beat the No. 40 ranked pair of Jessica Wacnik and Erina Kikuchi.  Finally, at No. 3, No. 41 ranked sophomore Blair Seideman and senior captain Steph Kent beat Ina Kauppila and Katarina Gajic.

Up 1-0, Seideman, playing at No. 2, took the first set 6-3 over Kikuchi, who then retired.  Then, in the No. 5 spot, Sullivan gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Gajic.  Yu, playing at No. 3, clinched the match for the Bulldogs with a close 6-4, 7-5 victory over Kelleher.  At No. 5, Yu's fellow freshman Amber Li topped Kelly Barry in the sixth spot, winning 6-2, 6-2.  Epstein, in the No. 1 spot, topped the Northeast region's No. 4 player, Wacnik 7-6 (3), 6-3.  Finally, Kent finished off the Bulldog sweep at No. 4 with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Khmylev. 

Sunday, the Bulldogs will go up against No. 3 seed Princeton.  The Tigers are ranked No. 43 nationally.  Last time the two teams met was in April 2011, and Princeton upset the Bulldogs 5-2.  The Tigers were ranked No. 56, while Yale was No. 29. 

 
 

Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity

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