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

Hanna Yu. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Hanna Yu. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

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