April 27, 2013

No. 37 Bulldogs Win Third Consecutive Ivy Championship

Sullivan Stays Undefeated

PROVIDENCE, R.I.  Saturday the No. 37-ranked Yale women's tennis team won its third-straight Ivy League championship with a 6-1 victory over Brown. The Bulldogs share the title with No. 57 Columbia. 

Saturday's match got off to a good start for the Bulldogs, who won the doubles point with victories at Nos. 2 and 3. At No. 2, freshman Madeleine Hamilton and sophomore Amber Li defeated Ammu Mandalap and Nikita Uberoi 8-0. Freshman Courtney Amos and junior Annie Sullivan, who played together for the first time last weekend at Harvard, moved to 2-0 with their win at No. 3. 

Yale (17-3, 6-1 Ivy League) went on to win the top five singles matches, all five in two sets. Senior captain Elizabeth Epstein, who is 14-6 on the season, took care of the top spot, defeating Misia Krasowski 6-2, 6-3. At No. 2, Hamilton faced off against fellow freshman star Hannah Camhi but encountered few difficulties, coming away with a 6-2, 6-1 win. Sullivan earned an even quicker win over Uberoi at No. 3, ceding a game in the first set but staying perfect in the second. Sullivan is now 19-0 at singles this season. 

In the bottom half of the order the Bulldogs saw harder matches but still came away with two wins. Sophomore Hanna Yu battled through two close sets against Sarah Kandath to earn at win at No. 4, while Li did the same at No. 5 against Mandalap. At No. 6, senior Sarah Guzick experienced her first singles loss of the season. 

The Bulldogs' win today, along with a share of the Ivy League title, also secured them an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. The tournament's selection show will take place April 30, with the first and second rounds of the tournament scheduled for May 10-13. 

Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity