No. 41 Bulldogs Defeat Quakers to Finish Weekend on the Road

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

Yu Hands Opponent Double Bagel  

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The No. 41-ranked Yale women's team (13-2, 2-0 Ivy) claimed its second straight Ivy win on the road Saturday, defeating Penn (9-5, 1-2) by a score of 5-2. The Bulldogs used the same lineup as they did on Friday against Princeton, and the result was very much the same. 

Yale started off the day with wins at Nos. 2 and 3 to claim the doubles point. Freshman Madeleine Hamilton and sophomore Amber Li won their fifth straight match at No. 2, while freshman Courtney Amos and sophomore Hanna Yu redeemed themselves at No. 3 after losing the previous day. Yale's top doubles pair, senior captain Elizabeth Epstein and junior Annie Sullivan, fell to the nation's No. 32 duo, Augustina Eskenazi and Sonya Latycheva, in just their third loss in 11 matches together this season.  

At singles, the results were even more similar to Friday's; all four Bulldogs who won against Princeton moved to 2-0 on the weekend with wins at the same spots Saturday. In the shortest match of the day, Yu claimed a victory over Jaime Yapp-Shing without ceding a single game. At No. 3, Sullivan eked out a tiebreaker victory to preserve her perfect record this season. After going 3-2 in her first five matches, Amos earned her third straight win at No. 6 by a definitive score of 6-3, 6-0. Epstein, who currently ranks 46th in the country, battled through two close sets against Augustina Eskenazi but eventually fell 7-5, 6-4.  

With two Ivy wins now under their belts, the Bulldogs have five more matches to go in the regular season. Next weekend, they take on Cornell on Saturday (Apr. 13) before facing Columbia the following day. Both matches will be played at 12 p.m. in the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center. 

Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity