November 7, 2013

Bulldogs Headed to Chicago for Northwestern's Wildcat Fall Duals

NEW HAVEN, Conn. After a three-week break, the Yale women's tennis team will travel to Northwestern this weekend to compete in the Wildcat Fall Duals. Joining Yale and Northwestern in the round-robin tournament are DePaul and Oklahoma. 

The Bulldogs are coming off a successful showing at the USTA/ITA Northeast Regionals, where senior captain Annie Sullivan reached the quarterfinals at singles and, playing alongside sophomore Madeleine Hamilton, the semifinals at doubles. Along with Hamilton and Sullivan, sophomore Ree Ree Li, freshman Sherry Li, freshman Caroline Lynch and junior Hanna Yu competed in the tournament. 

Yale will face some of its toughest competition of the season so far in Chicago; Oklahoma boasts the nation's No. 4 doubles pair in Hermon Brhane and Whitney Ritchie. Ritchie ranks 47th nationally at singles. 

Northwestern has a young team with four freshmen and one sophomore on the roster. The Wildcats are led by a strong senior class; star seniors Belinda Niu and Veronica Corning are ranked Nos. 105 and 111, respectively. 

DePaul's roster lacks any ranked players, but the Blue Demons have looked strong this fall season, one standout being junior Patricia Fargas, who reached the semifinals of the ITA Midwest Regionals. 

Yale, for its part, has two nationally ranked singles players: No. 88 Sullivan and No. 118 Hamilton.  

The Bulldogs begin the tournament Friday at 3:30 p.m. local time against Northwestern. They face DePaul on Saturday and Oklahoma on Sunday. 

Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity 

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