March 13, 2014

No. 28 Arizona State Edges No. 50 Yale, 4-3

Ree Ree Li, Sherry Li and Yu Pick Up Wins

TEMPE, Ariz. – In its first of two matches in Arizona this week, the Yale women's tennis team narrowly came up short.  Playing Thursday at the Whiteman Tennis Center, the home venue of No. 28 Arizona State (12-2, 1-0 Pac Sun), No. 50 Yale (4-6, 0-0 Ivy) managed to post three wins in singles, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit against the home squad after having lost the doubles point.

Though the Bulldogs secured the doubles point in their last match against No. 22 Texas on Sunday, it was the Sun Devils who got off to the better start in Thursday's encounter.  Arizona State powered its way to two wins in doubles at the No. 2 and 3 spots.  Yale's No. 1 doubles team of sophomore Madeleine Hamilton and classmate Ree Ree Li, ranked No. 52 in the nation, was unable to finish its match.

Despite the discouraging start, Yale showed impressive resilience in giving its higher-ranked opponent a tough test once the focus turned to singles.  Freshman Sherry Li put the Sun Devils under pressure almost immediately by prevailing 6-3, 6-1 against Ebony Panoho at No. 5 singles.  Junior Hanna Yu also tightened up the scoreboard with a 6-2, 7-6(4) victory of her own against Kassidy Jump.  Meanwhile, however, Arizona State's top-ranked player, Stephanie Vlad, ranked No. 50 in the country, defeated Hamilton at the No. 1 spot.  At No. 6 singles, Joanna Smith overcame sophomore Courtney Amos after two sets of competitive tennis. 

The match came down to the wire with two more matches on court, both of which went the distance.  Since they had dropped the doubles point, Yale needed to win both matches, but it was not to be as Desirae Krawczyk, ranked No. 96 in the country, handed senior captain Annie Sullivan just her second loss of the season by a 2-6, 7-5, 6-0 margin.  Ree Ree Li managed to notch a win in her match, however, clinching a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 comeback triumph against Leighann Sahagun.   

Yale will return to the Whiteman Tennis Center Friday afternoon for a match against No. 64 Brigham Young (4-4, 1-0 WCC).  The action is set to begin at 12:00 p.m. MST (3:00 p.m. EDT).

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity

 Position  Arizona State University  Yale University  Winner  Score
 #1 Singles  #50 Stephanie Vlad  Madeleine Hamilton  Arizona State University  7-6 (5), 6-2
 #2 Singles  #96 Desirae Krawczyk  Annie Sullivan  Arizona State University  2-6, 7-5, 6-0
 #3 Singles  Leighann Sahagun  Ree Ree Li  Yale University  4-6, 6-4, 6-4
 #4 Singles  Kassidy Jump  Hanna Yu  Yale University  6-2, 7-6 (4)
 #5 Singles  Ebony Panoho  Sherry Li  Yale University  6-3, 6-1
 #6 Singles  Joanna Smith  Courtney Amos  Arizona State University  7-6 (5), 6-4
 #1 Doubles  Desirae Krawczyk
 Kassidy Jump
 #52 Ree Ree Li
 Madeleine Hamilton
 Unfinished  6-5
 #2 Doubles  Leighann Sahagun
 Ebony Panoho
 Hanna Yu
 Sherry Li
 Arizona State University  8-1
 #3 Doubles  Joanna Smith
 Stephanie Vlad
 Caroline Lynch
 Courtney Amos
 Arizona State University  8-5
 

 

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