March 17, 2012

No. 21 Yale Falls 6-1 to No. 12 Miami

MIAMI, Fla. – Saturday, the Yale women's tennis team fell 6-1 to the University of Miami, ending the team's 11-match streak of winning the doubles point. 

Miami came out strong early, winning all three doubles matches against the higher-ranked Bulldogs.  In the first spot, No. 28 Melissa Bolivar and Liat Zimmerman beat the No. 25 ranked pairing of Yale senior Vicky Brook and freshman Hanna Yu 8-2.  In the second spot, No. 37 sophomore Annie Sullivan and junior Elizabeth Epstein lost 8-3 to the No. 74 ranked pairing of Gabriela Mejia and Lina Lilleikite.  Finally, in the third spot, the No. 58 ranked duo of sophomore Blair Seideman and senior captain Steph Kent played a close match against Anna Bartenstein and Brittany Dubins, but ultimately lost 8-7. 

In singles, Yale showed flashes of the form that brought the team close to upsetting No. 10 Michigan earlier in the season, but ultimately finished 1-5 against the Hurricanes.  Sullivan was the lone winner for the Bulldogs, topping Dubins 6-1, 6-3 at No. 6.  The win was Sullivan's eighth in her last 10.

At Nos. 1 and 2, Epstein and Yu, respectively, fell to Florida's highly ranked Bartenstein and Mejia.  Bartenstein, ranked No. 20, beat Epstein 6-0, 6-4, and No. 20 Mejia came out on top against Yu 6-1, 6-2.

Besides Sullivan, fellow sophomore Seideman was the only other Yale player to take a set, playing at No. 3 against Lileikite, the nation's No. 99 ranked player.  Seideman took the first set 6-4 before losing the second 7-6 in a tiebreak.  In a tiebreaker to decide the match Lileikite came out on top 10-2. 

At No. 4, Kent went down 6-4, 6-2 to Bolivar, and finally, at No. 5, Zimmerman took a close match over Brook, topping the Yale senior 7-6, 6-3.

Yale's record now stands at a solid 10-3, and the team has matches against Quinnipiac and Rutgers on Mar. 28 and 30, respectively, before the Ivy League season kicks off in April. 

Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity