September 22, 2012

After Day 2 of Cissie Leary Invitation, Bulldogs Still in Contention for Every Spot in the Finals

PHILADELPHIA, Penn. – Saturday, the Yale women's tennis team won eight of nine matches in singles and went 5-1 in doubles to keep the possibility of an All-Yale finals in both singles and doubles alive.

Playing in the A Flight, sophomore Hanna Yu, matched up against Delaware's Danea Jonjic in the round of sixteen, won 6-2, 6-3.  In the quarterfinals, she knocked off Katherine Yau of Dartmouth 6-3, 6-3.  The victory vaulted Yu to a semifinal showdown with Kanika Vaidya of Columbia. 

Junior Annie Sullivan, matched up with St. John's Nevena Selakovic in the round of sixteen, pulled out a tough 5-7, 6-3, 10-3.  In the quarterfinal, Sullivan won another tough match, this time against Ryann Young of Cornell.  Sullivan won the first set 6-2, but dropped the second 7-5.  However, she would prevail 10-4 in the tiebreak to advance to a semifinal matchup with Stephanie Do, a Penn athlete.  Should both Sullivan and Yu win their first matches Sunday, they would meet in the finals. 

Amber Li, a sophomore, fell 6-1, 6-2 in her match against Bianca Sanon of Columbia.  

In the B Flight, freshman Courtney Amos staved off the end of her weekend with a 6-2, 6-0 win against Delaware's Amanda Halstrom.  In the quarterfinal, Amos emerged victorious once again with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Maryland's Mikele Irazusta, pushing Amos into a semifinals matchup with Cornell's Laila Judeh Sunday. 

Playing in the second-round consolation bracket, senior Sarah Guzick advanced to the quarterfinal round after Akron's Madison Cohen withdrew due to injury.  In that quarterfinal round, Guzick won an easy 6-2, 6-1 victory over Delaware's Kimberly Milla.  Guzick will play in the semifinal round against Richmond's Katya Salas Sunday.  

In doubles, the upperclassman pairing of Sullivan and Guzick won 8-2 against Columbia's Katarina Kovacevic and Vaidya in the quarterfinal round, then knocked off Cornell's Lauren Frazier and Sarah O'Neil 8-5 to advance to the semifinals, where Katherine Yau and Akiko Okuda, a Dartmouth pairing, await them. 

Li and Yu, playing together against Drexel's Zeynep Mafa and Marcela Rosales, escaped with an 8-7 (4) win, then easily dismantled Diamond Adams and Amber Washington 8-2 to advance to the semifinals.

Playing in the consolation bracket, Amos, playing with Penn State's Sarah Henderson, won her first match 8-3 against Alex Ion and Emma Whitfield of Penn before falling 9-7 at the hands of Elizabeth Sims and Anna Abadias of Richmond.

 
 

Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity

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