SYRACUSE, NY – Saturday, the No. 25 Yale women's tennis team knocked off No. 59 William and Mary 6-1.
The Bulldogs started off the match by winning their eighth consecutive doubles point 2-1. The Tribe put up a significant fight, but Yale pulled out the match with strong play in the bottom two slots. No. 41 ranked senior captain Steph Kent and sophomore Blair Seideman, playing at No. 3, got the match started with an 8-1 victory over Katie Kargl and Nina Vulvovich. At No. 1, No. 27 ranked senior Vicky Brook and freshman Hanna Yu fell 8-6 against Jeltje Loomans and Maria Belaya to even the score at 1-1. With the doubles point on the line, No. 37 ranked junior Elizabeth Epstein and sophomore Annie Sullivan were pitted against Hope Johnson and Anik Cepeda. The duo went up a break to take an 8-7 lead, and then closed out the final point to put the Bulldogs up 1-0.
In singles play, Sullivan drew first blood at No. 5, topping Kargl 6-0, 6-0 to put the Bulldogs up 2-0. At No. 2, Seideman fell to Belaya 6-3, 6-4. Shortly after, though, Kent won 6-1, 6-3 over Cepeda at No. 4 to put the Bulldogs up 3-1. Kent has now won her last 10 matches, with the win streak going all the way back to November. Playing at No. 3, Yu won the clinching victory for Yale, topping Johnson by a score of 6-2, 7-5. With the match victory in hand, Yale still continued to pile up victories. In a strong upset, Epstein won 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 at No. 1 against Jeltje Loomans. The win was Epstein's fifth consecutive victory and last weekend, Epstein topped Princeton's No. 85 ranked Hilary Bartlett in three sets. Finally, freshman Amber Li, playing at No. 6, knocked off Sydney Smith 7-5, 7-6 (5) to give the Bulldogs a 6-1 victory.
The team will stay in Syracuse tonight and play against Syracuse Sunday. The Orange played William & Mary on Friday, losing 5-2 in the team's first home loss since 2009.
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity