Bulldogs Begin Ivy Season with Two on the Road
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After opening the season with an 11-2 record out-of-conference, the No. 41-ranked Yale women's tennis team will begin Ivy League competition this weekend with matches at No. 65 Princeton (7-3, 1-0 Ivy) and Penn (8-4, 0-1 Ivy). Friday's meeting with Princeton marks the beginning of a seven-match series of Ivy League play that will span the month of April.
The Bulldogs have been on a roll recently and are now defending a 31-match home winning streak. Senior captain Elizabeth Epstein continues to climb in the national rankings and currently stands at No. 46. She has won her last three matches. Junior Annie Sullivan is the only Bulldog who has yet to lose a singles match; she boasts a 12-0 record playing mostly at Nos. 3 and 4. As a team, the Bulldogs have wins this season over No. 37 Mississippi, No. 50 Arkansas and No. 52 Ohio State. Their only two losses have come against No. 17 Vanderbilt and No. 18 Virginia.
Princeton looks to be one of Yale's toughest opponents in the Ivy League this season. Behind Yale, the 2009-2010 Ivy League Champions trail only No. 56 Columbia in the national rankings. The Tigers, like the Bulldogs, have wins this season over DePaul and Rutgers. Freshman Amanda Mullawan has gone 8-1 so far at No. 2 and will likely challenge Yale's own freshman star, Madeleine Hamilton.
Penn and Princeton met on Mar. 30 in a match that ended 6-1 in favor of the Tigers. The Quakers' star doubles pair, Augustina Eskenazi and Sonya Latycheva, who rank No. 32 in the nation, won their match to help earn their team the doubles point.
Yale will take on the Tigers in Princeton, N.J., on Friday before heading to Philadelphia, Pa., the following day to play the Quakers. Both matches will take place at 2 p.m.
Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity