Epstein Wins at No. 1
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Saturday in the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center the 36th-ranked Yale women's tennis team (11-2, 0-0 Ivy) extended its home winning streak to 31, defeating Rutgers (10-6, 4-2 Big East) by a score of 6-1. The Bulldogs claimed the doubles point before winning five singles matches in straight sets.
Senior captain Elizabeth Epstein played at No. 1 for the first time this season, besting her opponent Vanessa Petrini 6-2, 6-4. Epstein is currently the No. 45 player in the nation and the top player in the Northeast. At doubles, she played No. 1 with junior Annie Sullivan and recorded an 8-2 win. Sullivan earned another point for the Bulldogs in her singles match, defeating Lindsey Kayati 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3.
Freshman Madeleine Hamilton, who boasts a 6-5 record at No. 1 singles this season, took the second slot Saturday, where she posted a 6-3, 7-5 win over Gina Li. Rounding out the winning matches for the Bulldogs were sophomore Hanna Yu and freshman Courtney Amos at Nos. 5 and 6, respectively. Amos moves to 4-2 on the season with the win. Sophomore Amber Li, who coasted to an 8-3 victory at No. 2 doubles with Hamilton, had a harder time at No. 4 singles and was the Bulldogs' only loss.
The Scarlet Knights were Yale's last out-of-conference opponents this season. The Bulldogs now enter Ivy play as the League's two-time defending champions and highest-ranking team. They will begin their Ivy campaign on the road next weekend, traveling to Princeton on Apr. 5 and Penn the following day.
Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity