Bulldogs Look for Spot at National Team Indoor Championship
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This weekend the No. 28 women's tennis team will travel to Oxford, Miss., to compete in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, a nationwide event that features 60 teams competing across 15 host sites.
The Bulldogs enter the tournament as the No. 4 seed in Oxford and will play host team No. 19 Ole Miss in the first round. On the other side of the bracket, No. 2 seed Illinois (ranked No. 27 nationally) will face No. 3 Vanderbilt, who ranks No. 25 nationally.
The Bulldogs' first match of the weekend will be the second of the season for both them and their opponents, who fell to an unranked William & Mary on Jan. 22. Yale won its opener with ease, defeating Delaware State 7-0 on Jan. 20 in New Haven. While the Bulldogs boast three ranked singles players in No. 31 junior Blair Seideman, No. 42 senior and captain Elizabeth Epstein and No. 90 freshman Madeleine Hamilton, the Rebels' roster carries the highest ranked player competing in Oxford, No. 30 Caroline Rohde-Moe. She is Ole Miss's only ranked singles player.
Like Yale, the Vanderbilt squad includes three nationally ranked players, while the Illini can claim only two. Yale features the deepest doubles lineup of the tournament, with two pairs (No. 49 Sarah Guzick/Annie Sullivan and No. 53 Amber Li/Hanna Yu) in the top 60. Illinois has one ranked doubles pair; Ole Miss and Vanderbilt do not have any.
The winner of the Ole Miss-Yale match will play in the championship game against the winner of Illinois and Vanderbilt, while the other two teams will meet in a consolation match. Yale's first round match is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. Both the consolation match and the championship will be played on Monday, Jan. 28. All matches will be held indoors at the University of Mississippi's Gillom Sports Center.
Should the Bulldogs win both of their matches, they will join fourteen other site winners and the tournament's host, the University of Virginia, for the ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championship in February.
To view the ITA Kick-Off Weekend's website, click here. Results will be posted on this site and on Twitter –follow @ITATennis for live updates.
Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity