Bulldogs Rank No. 4 in Region
NEW HAVEN, Conn. —After taking second place in the Ivy League, the Yale women's tennis team has capped off another strong season with recognition in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) national rankings. The Bulldogs finished the season 14-8 (6-1 Ivy) and received a No. 49 ranking nationally. They took the No. 4 ranking in the Northeast Region, ahead of five other Ivy League programs.
Yale peaked at No. 32 this season in ITA's Jan. 29 rankings. Despite starting off Ivy League competition with a loss, the Bulldogs won their last six matches of the season. In doing so, they defeated No. 39 Columbia and No. 54 Harvard, but ultimately handed over the Ivy League title to No. 36 Princeton, who went undefeated in League play. Outside of the Ivy League, the Bulldogs saw success at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, where they upset No. 25 Tulsa, and the Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic, where they defeated then-No. 75 Tulane.
Sophomores Madeleine Hamilton and Ree Ree Li also made the national rankings for their play at doubles. The pair went 6-4 in the spring and 2-0 in Ivy League matches playing mostly at No. 1. They finished the season ranked No. 74 in the country.
For the first time in four years, the Yale women's tennis team finished its season without a share of the Ivy League title. They will come back next year under the leadership of rising senior captain Hanna Yu as they look to reclaim the championship.
Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity