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No. 36 Women’s Tennis Kicks off Season with Yale Classic

Madeleine Hamilton. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Madeleine Hamilton. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Matches to be Broadcast Live Online

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — After a two-month break, the No. 36-ranked Yale women's tennis will be back in action Friday in its own tournament, the Yale Classic. The four-team event, which will be played in the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center, will also feature No. 64 Boston College, Cornell and St. John's.  

The Bulldogs begin the spring season after a fall marked by singles and doubles success. Playing together at doubles, senior captain Annie Sullivan and sophomore Madeleine Hamilton, the Ivy League's Rookie of the Year last season, reached the semifinals of the USTA/ITA Northeast Regionals. Sullivan also reached the quarterfinals in singles play. 

Joining Yale in the tournament is its Ivy League rival, Cornell. The Big Red finished fifth in the Ivy League last season, while the Bulldogs claimed a share of the title with Columbia. Cornell saw two of its players, senior Ryann Young and freshman Marika Cusick, reach the round of 32 of the USTA/ITA Northeast Regionals. 

The Yale Classic will feature two more familiar opponents for the Bulldogs in No. 64 Boston College and St. John's. Boston College joined Yale for the Bulldog Invitational this October, while St. John's made the trip to New Haven last spring for a head-to-head match. The Bulldogs defeated the Red Storm 7-0 on that day. Yale will host St. John's again on Mar. 23.

For fans who can't make it to New Haven, all of Yale's matches in the Yale Classic will be broadcast online. The Bulldogs will face Boston College at 2 p.m. Friday, Cornell at 10 a.m. Saturday and St. John's at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity