At First Day of Regionals, Bulldogs Go 4-1 in Doubles

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Elizabeth Epstein. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Friday at the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships, the Bulldogs finished with four of five wins in doubles play, with two pairs still alive. 

The first pair to play was senior captain Elizabeth Epstein and sophomore Hanna Yu, the tournament's eighth seed, going up against Christine Ordway and Dena Tanebaum of Cornell.  The Yale pair went ahead 5-2, but allowed the Cornell duo to climb back into the match at 5-4.  However, from that point the Bulldogs did not look back, snagging an 8-5 victory that vaulted them into a second-round matchup against UConn's Jen Learmonth and Abby McKeon.  In that match, Yu and Epstein continued their hot play with an 8-1 victory.  Saturday, they will continue play against Erin Colton and Jamila Paul of Army in the round of sixteen.

The tournament's fourth seed, composed of junior Annie Sullivan and freshman Madeleine Hamilton, took their first-round matchup against the Penn pairing of Jaime Yapp and Stephanie Do 8-2.  In the second round, faced with St. John's Nevena Selakovic and Amber Washington, surged ahead to a 5-2 lead before letting their opponents back into the match.  Selakovic and Washington tightened the score to 6-5, then 7-6, but were unable to ever grab the lead, with Sullivan and Hamilton emerging triumphant 8-6.  Saturday, they will face Katherine Flanigan and Emily Hanh from Princeton, with a spot in the quarterfinal round on the line. 

Junior Blair Seideman, playing with sophomore Amber Li, fell to Buffalo's Miranda Podias and Tanvi Shah by a score of 8-2.

Although no Bulldogs played singles matches Friday, the draw for Saturday's play was released, with five of six Bulldog competitors earning first-round byes. 

Epstein, the No. 2 seed behind last year's champion, Nicole Bartnik of Columbia, will play the winner of the match between Cornell's Dena Tanebuam and Sacred Heart's Gabi Kaldan.

A Bulldog, Seideman is the tournament's next highest seed, at No. 3.  She will face the winner of Columbia's Ioana Alecsiu and St. Bonaventure's Fatya Amiri match. 

Yu earned the No. 7 seed, and will face the winner of the match between Binghamton's Agatha Amrozy and Boston College's Kelly Barry.

Sullivan is seeded No. 12, and will face the winner of the showdown between BC's Olga Khmylev and New Jersey Institute of Technology's Monika Graff.

The No. 16 seed, Hamilton, will face off against the champion of the matchup of Sarah Bown, from Hofstra, and Albany's Cheryl Kukkonen.

Freshman Courtney Amos, the lone Bulldog playing a match in the round of 128, will face off against Boston College's Julia Casselbury.

 
 

Results

 

Doubles:

 

Epstein/Yu (Yale) def. Ordway/Tanebuam (Columbia): 8-5

Epstein/Yu (Yale) def. Learmonth/McKeon (UConn): 8-1

Hamilton/Sullivan (Yale) def. Do/Yapp (Penn): 8-2

Hamilton/Sullivan (Yale) def. Selakovic/Washington (St. John's): 8-6

Podias/Shah (Buffalo) def. Seideman/Hamilton (Yale): 8-2

 
 

Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity