Bulldogs Advance in ITA Kick-Off Weekend

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

Team Remains Strong at Doubles

OXFORD, Miss. – In its first match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend on Sunday, the No. 28 Yale women's tennis team pulled off a 4-2 upset over No. 19 Ole Miss. The Rebels, who are hosting the tournament, will play in a consolation match on Monday, while the Bulldogs will advance to the finals.

The Yale team, a dominant force in the doubles game, started the match with freshman Madeleine Hamilton and junior Annie Sullivan earning a crucial 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles. While sophomores Hanna Yu and Amber Li next conceded their match at No. 2, falling 8-5 to Caroline Rohde-Moe and Marija Milutinovic, junior Blair Seideman and senior captain Elizabeth Epstein battled for an 8-6 win at No. 3, securing the doubles point for the away team. 

Entering singles play with a one-point deficit, the Rebels were eager to recover and threatened to pull away. In the first match to finish, No. 31 Blair Seideman fell 6-2, 6-3 to Julia Jones at No. 3, and only shortly thereafter, No. 90 Madeleine Hamilton took No. 30 Caroline Rohde-Moe to three sets but eventually conceded the point at No. 1 (6-2, 4-6, 6-2).

But after dropping hard-fought matches, the Bulldogs remained perfect through the rest of the order. No. 42 Elizabeth Epstein defeated Mai El Kamash at No. 2 (7-6, 6-7, 6-2), while Hanna Yu took down Erin Stephens at No. 4 (6-4, 6-4), and Annie Sullivan dealt Marija Milutinovic a loss at No. 5 (6-3, 6-2). With the result already decided, Amber Li's match at No. 6 went unfinished.

The four-team tournament that features Illinois, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Yale is part of a 60-team national event hosted across 15 sites. The winner of each site will gain a berth at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship Feb. 22-24. Yale will vie for that spot Monday as they face No. 25 Vanderbilt at 1 p.m. For live updates from the tournament, click here.   

Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity