Bulldogs Finish Duke Invitational With Wins by Veterans Epstein and Seideman
CARY, N.C. – Sunday, the Yale women's tennis team finished up the first tournament of the season, returning home from the Duke Fab-Four Invitational with a 2-2 day.
In the blue bracket, senior captain Elizabeth Epstein, ranked No. 85 in the nation, was matched up against Texas' Elizabeth Begley in the consolation finals. Epstein got ahead early, winning the first set 6-3. Begley came back in the second set, though, winning 6-3. However, Epstein showed off serious resilience by wining the tiebreak 7-4 to claim the consolation crown. Additionally, the loss that placed Epstein in the consolation bracket back on Friday came at the hands of Ole Miss' Caroline Rohde-Moe, the nation's No. 55 player and the eventual second place finisher.
Freshman Ree Ree Li, playing in the black bracket's third place consolation match, fell 3-6, 6-3 (6) to William & Mary's Hope Johnson.
The two Bulldogs participating in the black bracket were junior Blair Seideman and freshman Madeleine Hamilton, both of whom played today for top-five finishes. Seideman was playing against Miami's Lina Lileikite for fifth place, and cruised to an easy 6-1, 6-4 win.
Hamilton was matched up against Mary Anne Macfarlane of Alabama, with third place on the line. In the conclusion of Hamilton's first collegiate tournament, the freshman took the first set 6-1 before losing the second 6-0 and dropping the tiebreak 7-5.
The results of the weekend bode well for the Bulldogs. Epstein and Seideman, veteran mainstays of the Yale squad, both finished up with 3-1 records against some of the toughest competition they will face all year, and even won a doubles match together. The two freshmen competing, Hamilton and Li, both won half of their matches in singles. In doubles, in a possible sign of wins yet to come, the two rookies recovered from a first-round loss in B doubles to the eventual champions to win the consolation bracket.
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity