NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Saturday, the No. 28 Yale women's tennis team will attempt to finish off an undefeated Ivy League season against No. 59 Brown.
Brown is 17-7 on the season and is currently tied for fourth in the Ivy League with a 3-3 record, while the Bulldogs are 18-3 and 6-0 in the Ivy League and have already clinched the championship. That championship means that Yale will automatically advance to the NCAA Tournament. Both Brown and Yale have topped Dartmouth, Penn and Princeton. However, the Bears have been unsuccessful against Cornell, Columbia and Harvard, while Yale topped all three without giving up more than two points. Brown has currently lost three of its last four matches. The Bears will put forward a lineup featuring no ranked players in singles, but the doubles pairing of Misia Krasowski and Jessica Harrow are No. 10 in the Northeast Regional rankings.
Yale, on the other hand, does quite well in the rankings. In the Northeast region, junior Elizabeth Epstein holds down the top ranking for Yale, at No. 2. Freshman Hanna Yu is No. 3, senior Vicky Brook is No. 7, and sophomore Blair Seideman is at No. 13. Yale has been absolutely dominant in doubles all season, winning 20 of the team's 21 first points. The pairing of Brook and Yu led the way most of the season at No. 1, and still rank No. 61 nationally. Brook has now played with freshman Amber Li seven times, winning five of the matches. That pairing is ranked No. 84. Finally, the long-retired pair of Li and sophomore Annie Sullivan is ranked No. 88.
This Saturday will be Senior Day at the Yale Tennis Center, and the team will honor captain Steph Kent as well as Brook. The match will begin at 12 p.m. Fans can follow along on the team's Facebook and Twitter pages.
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity