Bulldogs Struggle Against Northwestern at Wildcat Fall Duals

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

Yu Wins at No. 4

EVANSTON, Ill. —The Yale women's tennis team saw its toughest competition of the fall Friday as the Bulldogs faced Northwestern on the opening day of the Wildcat Fall Duals. The host team claimed seven of eight singles matches, with junior Hanna Yu bringing home the only win for the Bulldogs at No. 4. Yale and Northwestern split wins in the four doubles matches. 

Sophomore Madeleine Hamilton, the Ivy League's Rookie of the Year last spring, played in the top flight for the first time this season but came up short against Alicia Barnett, falling 6-1, 6-3. Senior captain Annie Sullivan also took a tough loss; after dropping the first set 6-2, she battled back to five games apiece in the second but failed to extend the match into a third set, giving the win to Northwestern freshman star Manon Peri. Yu, who defeated Brooke Rischbieth 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, was the only player to see her match go to a third set. 

The Bulldogs saw more success at doubles, winning the third and fourth flights. Sullivan and Yu combined to defeat Veronica Corning and Lok Sze Leung at No. 3 by a score of 8-5, while sophomore Courtney Amos and freshman Caroline Lynch earned a tiebreaker victory over Barnett and Jillian Rooney at No. 4. Both pairs are new combinations for the Bulldogs. 

Yale is back in action Saturday at 2:15 p.m. local time against DePaul.

Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity