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No. 36 Bulldogs Drop Rutgers

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

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