No. 28 Yale Readies for Road Trip to Columbia, Cornell

Amber Li. (photo by Rick Limpert)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 28 Yale women's tennis team will travel to New York this weekend to face off against Columbia on Saturday before visiting Cornell on Sunday.

First up on the slate for the Bulldogs will be Columbia.  The Lions have had an excellent season, with their record standing at 11-4.  However, the team has not defeated any ranked opponents and has had some challenges within the Ivy League.  Columbia has defeated Cornell and Dartmouth twice each but has lost to Brown and Harvard. Both Yale and Columbia have faced off against Florida International as well as William & Mary, with both Ivy League schools going undefeated in the matchups.  However, Yale's margins of victory were superior, especially against William & Mary.  Yale topped the Tribe 6-1, while Columbia only won 4-3.  Columbia boasts the No. 1 ranked singles player in the Northeast region in Nicole Bartnik, as well as No. 18 Bianca Sanon.  In doubles, Bartnik and Crystal Leung are ranked No. 8 in the Northeast. 

Yale, on the other hand, has a bevy of ranked singles players and doubles pairs.  In singles, four Bulldogs are in the top 15 in the Northeast Region.  Junior Elizabeth Epstein leads the way at No. 2, followed closely by freshman Hanna Yu.  Senior Vicky Brook is No. 7, and sophomore Blair Seideman is ranked 13th.  In doubles, Yale has won 16 of 17 points on the year.  Brook and Yu, who are currently ranked No. 40, have led the doubles pairings all season.   Last Saturday, Brook played with a different freshman, Amber Li, and after the pair's victory the two earned a ranking of No. 75.  Li is also ranked in a pair with sophomore Annie Sullivan, at No. 87.  Sullivan's usual partner, though, is Epstein. The pair is ranked only No. 86, but their significance to the team cannot be overstated.  When Sullivan and Epstein win, Yale wins the doubles point.  The only time the two have lost, Yale also lost the doubles point and subsequently the match.  Yale currently is 14-3, with a 2-0 record in Ivy League play. 

Cornell is 8-7 on the season, with an 0-3 record since the opening of Ivy League play.  Cornell lost to Princeton and Columbia in the ECAC Indoor Championships and has lost to Harvard, Dartmouth, and Columbia again since the Ivy League season opened.  The only opponent shared by Yale and Cornell is Fairleigh Dickinson, and both teams were dominant against the Knights.  Cornell's only ranked player or duo is the pairing of Christine Ordway and Sarah O'Neil, ranked No. 9 in the Northeast regional doubles rankings.

 
 

Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity

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