HANOVER, N.H. – Sunday, the Yale women's tennis team swept the University of Massachusetts in singles to finish the Big Green Invitational as the undisputed best team of the tournament.
On top of winning every singles and doubles matchup from a team perspective, the Bulldogs were individually outstanding as well. Only sophomore Hanna Yu dropped a match, and she more than made up for that by winning her other two singles matches and compiling a 3-0 doubles record with fellow sophomore Amber Li. By virtue of playing in the No. 1 spots for the Bulldogs, freshman Madeleine Hamilton and the pairing of junior Annie Sullivan and freshman Ree Ree Li leave the tournament as singles and doubles champions, respectively.
In Sunday's action, Hamilton played at No. 1, against University of Massachusetts' Yulia Motyl, winning 6-0, 6-0 to cap off her tournament-best weekend.
At No. 2, junior Blair Seideman took on Arielle Griffin, winning her match 6-2, 6-2, continuing a weekend in which Seideman only lost nine games total.
In the third spot, senior captain Elizabeth Epstein topped Jessica Podlofsky 6-1, 6-3.
At No. 4, R. Li swapped spots with Yu and was able to defeat Sonia Bokhari 6-4, 6-2.
At No. 5, Sullivan finished off her dominant weekend – 3-0 in doubles playing at No. 1, 3-0 in singles without ever allowing an opponent to win more than three games in a set – by topping Chanel Glasper 6-3, 6-3.
In the sixth spot, Yu won 6-1, 6-2 against Jocelyn Providence.
At No. 7, senior Sarah Guzick topped Chantel Swiszcz by a score of 6-3, 6-0, securing her own undefeated weekend.
Finally, playing at No. 8, A. Li topped Gianna Francis 6-3, 6-0.
The weekend's dominant performance highlights just how strong Yale is within the Northeast. Looking back at last year's end-of-season ITA rankings, the Bulldogs were the region's top team, at No. 29, by a wide margin. The next closest regional team was Penn State, at No. 51, and the closest Ivy League team was No. 63 Brown. And seemingly, things are only going to get better for the back-to-back defending Ivy League Champions. Although the losses of graduated seniors Vicky Brook '12 and Steph Kent '12 are by no means easy to absorb, the strong performance so far by the Bulldogs' eighth-ranked recruiting class bodes well for the Ivy League season and perhaps the NCAA Tournament.
Yale women's tennis is now finished for the fall season, and will return in 2013. For updates in the meantime, check back on this website as well as on the team's Twitter page.
Madeleine Hamilton (Yale) def. Yulia Motyl (UMass): 6-0, 6-0
Blair Seideman (Yale) def. Arielle Griffin (UMass): 6-2, 6-2
Elizabeth Epstein (Yale) def. Jessica Podlofsky (UMass): 6-1, 6-3
Ree Ree Li (Yale) def. Sonia Bokhari (UMass): 6-4, 6-2
Annie Sullivan (Yale) def. Chanel Glasper (UMass): 6-3, 6-3
Hanna Yu (Yale) def. Jocelyn Providence (UMass): 6-1, 6-2
Sarah Guzick (Yale) def. Chantel Swiszcz (UMass): 6-3, 6-0
Amber Li (Yale) def. Gianna Francis (UMass): 6-3, 6-0
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity