PHILADELPHIA, Penn. – Sunday, the Yale women' tennis team won in both doubles and in the second singles bracket, putting a distinctly Bulldog spin on the final day of the Cissie Leary Invitational.
The strength of last year's Ivy League champion team was doubles play, and the Bulldogs proved on Sunday that this year's version of the team will continue to stand out in pairs play.
The pairing of senior Sarah Guzick and junior Annie Sullivan, playing against Dartmouth's Akiko Akuda and Katherine Yau, won a close 9-7 match to advance to the finals. On the other side of the bracket, the sophomore pairing of Amber Li and Hanna Yu knocked off Bianca Sanon and Tiana Takenaga, from Columbia, by a score of 8-6 to set up an all-Yale final. In the final, Guzick and Sullivan held off the young guns to win 8-3 and bring the trophy back to Yale.
In singles play, freshman Courtney Amos, playing in the B Flight in her first collegiate competition, won the first set of her semifinal against Cornell's Laila Judeh 6-2. Judeh, however, had no intentions of going down without a fight, and stormed back to take the second set 7-5. The Yale freshman would prove unflappable, though, pulling away in the third set to win 6-4 and take the match. The finals, against Lauren Frazier of Cornell, proved to be an anticlimactic affair, with Amos winning easily 6-0, 6-2 to cap a stellar first weekend of her season.
Over in the A Flight, both Sullivan and Yu were still in contention for the championship, with Sullivan matched up against Stephanie Do of Penn and Yu facing Kanika Vaidya, from Columbia. Yu fell 6-0, 6-2, but Sullivan pushed her way into the final with a 6-3, 6-1 win. In the final, though, Vaidya proved to be too much for Sullivan, winning 6-3, 6-4.
All in all, the weekend was a great success for the Bulldogs, as witnessed by the almost incredible finishes of the Yale participants. Amos, the only Bulldog who did not play in the doubles finals, won her draw. Sullivan went to the finals of the A flight, and Yu made it all the way to the semifinal. The result is even more impressive considering that four Bulldogs were not participating, with senior captain, No. 85 ranked Elizabeth Epstein, junior Blair Seideman and new freshmen Madeleine Hamilton and Ree Ree Li all staying home.
Bulldog tennis will be back in action next Saturday with the ITA All-American Championship in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity