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No. 50 Women’s Tennis Begins Journey West with Trip to No. 24 Texas

Ree Ree Li. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Ree Ree Li. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. —Sunday the No. 50-ranked Yale women's tennis team (4-4, 0-0 Ivy) will open its spring break tour with a match at No. 24 Texas (4-7). The Bulldogs are coming off a two-week hiatus, having most recently defeated then-No. 75 Tulane at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic in Montgomery, Ala.  

Sunday's match against Texas is the first of three straight on the road. The Bulldogs will next travel to Tempe, Ariz., where they will face No. 40 Arizona State and Brigham Young. Having already competed against top teams like No. 17 Michigan, No. 30 Texas Tech and No. 36 Illinois, Yale will focus its efforts in the remaining few weeks on preparing for the start of the Ivy League season Apr. 4. The Bulldogs have had flashes of brilliance so far, with their biggest win coming against No. 19 Tulsa on Jan. 25.  

Key in that match was the strong play of sophomore Madeleine Hamilton, who has been a mainstay at the top of the Bulldog lineup. Also crucial to Yale's success thus far has been senior captain Annie Sullivan, who is 5-0 at Nos. 2 and 3.  

While the Longhorns have had a string of losses in February, with wins over No. 20 Auburn and No. 26 Rice, they are certainly still a high-caliber team. Sophomore Breaunna Addison, the team's standout singles player, ranks No. 16 nationally. With Pippa Horn, Addison is also part of the nation's No. 40 doubles pair.  

The Longhorns host the Bulldogs Saturday at 12:00 p.m. CST in Austin.  

Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity