No. 88 Sullivan, No. 118 Hamilton Make the Cut
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Two Yale women's tennis players, senior captain Annie Sullivan and sophomore Madeleine Hamilton, will get an early start to the fall season, having been invited to play in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American Championships. The tournament selection list was released concurrently with the ITA Preseason Rankings, which featured Sullivan at No. 88 and Hamilton at No. 118. This is Sullivan's second consecutive year in the Preseason Rankings; she and Elizabeth Epstein '12 were listed as the No. 40 doubles pair at the start of the 2012-2013 season.
The All-American Championships, hosted annually at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., includes three rounds of singles and doubles competition featuring the best collegiate players in the nation. The tournament begins with the pre-qualifying round on Sept. 28. From there, the winners of three consecutive matches will advance to join higher-seeded players in the qualifying round. The main draw matches, which feature the winners of the qualifying round and the tournament's 23 highest-seeded players, are slated for Oct. 3-6. Sullivan will begin the tournament in the qualifying stage, while Hamilton has earned a berth in the pre-qualifiers.
Sullivan, a three-time All-Ivy player, is beginning the fall after a breakout season last spring, where she went 19-1 at singles and earned her spot as the team's No. 3. This year, she will have to rise to the occasion yet again, as long-time doubles partner Epstein '12 has passed on her captaincy to Sullivan and left an opening at the top of the singles lineup. Epstein and Sullivan competed in the doubles qualifying round of last year's All-American Championships.
Hamilton, last season's Ivy League Rookie of the Year, is a newcomer to the All-American Championships, but she is no stranger to pressure. As a freshman last spring, she quickly moved into the singles lineup, appearing at Nos. 1 and 2 for the Bulldogs and compiling a 6-1 record in Ivy League play. A North Carolina High School Tennis All-American, she ranked as highly as No. 19 nationally before coming to Yale.
The ITA All-American Championships will take place Sept. 28-Oct. 6; check yalebulldogs.com for updates.
Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity