No. 28 Yale Tops Columbia 5-2, Stays Undefeated in Ivy League Play

Annie Sullivan. (photo by Rick Limpert)
Annie Sullivan. (photo by Rick Limpert)

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – Saturday, the No. 28 Yale women's tennis team improved to 15-3 (3-0 Ivy) with a 5-2 win over Columbia.

The match began in the way that nearly every Yale match has this season, with a victory in doubles.  The No. 86 ranked pairing of sophomore Annie Sullivan and junior Elizabeth Epstein, playing at No. 2, knocked off Nicole Bartnik and Iani Alecsiu by a score of 8-1.  Next, senior captain Steph Kent and sophomore Blair Seideman, playing at No. 3, clinched the match's first point for Yale with an 8-4 victory over Crystal Leung and Katarina Kovacevic.  Finally, the No. 75 ranked pairing of senior Vicky Brook and freshman Amber Li pulled out an 8-5 victory over Bianca Sanon and Tiana Takenaga at No. 1.

On the singles side, Yale got ahead early and never looked back.  At No. 6, Sullivan was the first victor for the Bulldogs, topping Takenaga 6-1, 6-0.  Next up was Brook, at No. 4, who topped Kovacevic 6-1, 6-3 to put the Bulldogs up 3-0.  Kent then clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Leung at No. 5.  With the final outcome already decided, freshman Hanna Yu fell in a tight 7-6 (0), 6-4 match at No. 2 against Sanon.  At the No. 1 spot, Epstein and Bartnik split the first two sets 6-2 and 6-4.  To decide the match, the two played a tiebreak in which Epstein just barely ran out of gas, falling 10-8.  Finally, with the score at 4-2 in favor of the Bulldogs, Seideman won her match at No. 3 7-6 (2), 7-6 (7) over Alecsiu to extend the Yale margin of victory.

With the win, Yale stays undefeated in the Ivy League, with its fourth test on deck Sunday, when the team will go to visit Cornell.


Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity