BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The USTA/ITA Summer Circuit season came to an end at the 2012 ITA National Collegiate Summer Championships, where three Yale women played deep into the tournament.
On the singles side of the tournament, sophomore Hanna Yu advanced the furthest of the three Bulldogs, working her way into the semifinals. After a first-round bye, Yu, a nine seed, knocked off Julie Jamieson of Illinois 6-4, 6-4, then earned a 6-3, 6-1 win over UNC's Gina Suarez-Malaguti. Yu's final victory came over Dartmouth's Akiko Akuda, a 7-5, 6-2 victory that placed Yu into the semifinals. Finally, Yu was defeated by Whitney Kay of UNC, with a final score of 6-3, 7-6. Kay would go on to win the tournament, never coming closer to defeat than in the second set against Yu.
Senior Elizabeth Epstein, a three seed, earned a bye in the first round and then defeated Courtney Wild of Ball State 6-0, 6-3, before falling to Okuda 7-5 6-3 in the third round. Junior Annie Sullivan also had a first-round bye, before falling to Indiana's Shannon Murdy 6-3, 1-6, 1-0 (4).
In the doubles tournament, the pairing of Epstein and Sullivan, which finished last season ranked No. 87 in Division I tennis, advanced all the way to the championship, where they fell to the pairing of Nebraska's Mary Weatherholt and Katie Zordani of Iowa. First, the Yale duo knocked off Deahna Welcher, a Lipscomb student, and George Washington's Leah Pascarella 8-1, then they topped Columbia's Crystal Leung and Oregon's Nicole Long 8-4. In the semifinals, Epstein and Sullivan prevailed 9-7 over UNC's Kay and Caroline Price. In the final match, Weatherholt and Zordani proved to be simply too much, knocking off the Yale pair 8-4, the smallest margin of victory for the champions.
Yu played with Wild, but the partnership would be short-lived, as the two went down in the first round to the team of Suarez-Malaguti and Alabama's Natalia Maynetto.
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity