Big Weekend in the Old Dominion: No. 52 Bulldogs to Play No. 30 Rice, William & Mary

Annie Sullivan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Annie Sullivan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The No. 52-ranked Yale women's tennis team will look to extend its three-match winning streak this weekend with a trip to Williamsburg, Va. The Bulldogs will face No. 30 Rice before taking on the host team, William & Mary.

Yale gained solid ground and advanced to 7-6 last weekend with a pair of home wins over Bryant and St. John's (N.Y.). Sophomore Ree Ree Li and junior Hanna Yu had the chance to play Nos. 1 and 2 singles, respectively, rising to the challenge as they each won both of their matches. 

This weekend will pose its own challenges, as the Bulldogs take on a Rice team that has won eight of its last 10 matches, and a Tribe team that boasts two ranked singles players in No. 87 Jeltje Loomans and No. 113 Maria Belaya. The William & Mary match carries special significance for Yale, who earned its first-ever NCAA Tournament win over the Tribe in 2011. Senior captain Annie Sullivan was a freshman at the time and contributed to the victory with wins at No. 5 singles and, alongside Lindsay Clark '11, No. 1 doubles. Yale will play Rice on Saturday and William & Mary on Sunday. 

This weekend's matches will be the Bulldogs' last before the Ivy League season begins. Yale hosts No. 66 Princeton on Apr. 4 to kick off League play. 

Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity