Yale Defeats Fairfield 4-0 and UConn 5-2

Elizabeth Zordani.
Elizabeth Zordani.


Yang and Zordani Pick up Two Singles Victories Each

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's tennis team improved its record to 4-7 after two away victories on Sunday. The Bulldogs swept Fairfield 4-0 and defeated UConn 5-2.

Yale quickly took the doubles point against Fairfield. Junior Carol Finke and freshman Opala Dhingra blanked Jessica Pil and Diana Prinos 6-0 at No. 2 doubles. In the No. 3 spot, junior Valerie Shklover and sophomore Amy Yang cruised past Courtney Connors and Meghan Zimmer at the same scoreline of 6-0.

Yang then defeated Prinos 6-4, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. Junior Elizabeth Zordani and Dhingra both played nearly perfect matches against their opponents on courts 4 and 6, respectively. Zordani swept past Shelby Vertula 6-0, 6-1, while Dhingra overcame Karen McKeough at the same scoreline of 6-0, 6-1.

Competing against UConn, Yale charged back to win five singles matches after conceding the doubles point. On court 1, Finke comfortably won against Emma Alderman 6-3, 6-1. In the No. 5 spot, senior Caroline Lynch overcame Summer Walker in straight sets 6-1, 7-5. At No. 4 singles, Zordani picked up her second singles win of the day in her 7-5, 6-2 victory against Zaina Zaki. Zordani has now won four straight singles matches.

Yang also took her second singles match of the day in her 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 victory against Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva at No. 2 singles. Shklover also played three sets, coming back against Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph to win 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the No. 3 spot.

Full results from the day's play may be found below.

Yale will next travel to Southern California for the spring tour. The Bulldogs will first take on San Diego on Monday, Mar. 13 at 5:00 p.m., then Loyola Marymount on Wednesday, Mar. 15 at 4:00 p.m. and finally Long Beach State on Friday, Mar. 17 at 5:00 p.m.

Report by Alice Yang '19, Yale Sports Publicity


Yale vs. Fairfield



No. 1 -- Caroline Lynch/Elizabeth Zordani (Yale) vs. Sarah Stuhlmann/Emily Lombardi (Fairfield) 3-1, unfinished

No. 2 -- Opala Dhingra/Carol Finke (Yale) d. Jessica Pil/Diana Prinos (Fairfield) 6-0

No. 3 -- Valerie Shklover/Amy Yang (Yale) d. Courtney Connors/Meghan Zimmer (Fairfield) 6-0



No. 1 -- Carol Finke (Yale) vs. Sarah Stuhlmann (Fairfield) 6-2, 3-3, unfinished

No. 2 -- Amy Yang (Yale) d. Diana Prinos (Fairfield) 6-4, 6-0

No. 3 -- Valerie Shklover (Yale) vs. Jessica Pil (Fairfield) 6-3, 3-3, unfinished

No. 4 -- Elizabeth Zordani (Yale) d. Shelby Vertula (Fairfield) 6-0, 6-1

No. 5 -- Caroline Lynch (Yale) vs. Emily Lombardi (Fairfield) 4-6, 2-1, unfinished

No. 6 -- Opala Dhingra (Yale) d. Karen McKeough (Fairfield) 6-0, 6-1


Yale vs. Connecticut


No. 1 -- Emma Alderman/Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (UConn) d. Caroline Lynch/Elizabeth Zordani (Yale) 6-3

No. 2 -- Gillian Perrotta/Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (UConn) d. Opala Dhingra/Carol Finke (Yale) 6-4

No. 3 -- Jacqueline Lazaro/Shea Flanagan (UConn) d. Valerie Shklover/Amy Yang(Yale) 6-3



No. 1 -- Carol Finke (Yale) d. Emma Alderman (UConn) 6-3, 6-1

No. 2 -- Amy Yang (Yale) d. Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (UConn) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2

No. 3 -- Valerie Shklover (Yale) d. Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (UConn) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2

No. 4 -- Elizabeth Zordani (Yale) d. Zaina Zaki (UConn) 7-5, 6-2

No. 5 -- Caroline Lynch (Yale) d. Summer Walker (UConn) 6-1, 7-5

No. 6 -- Shea Flanagan (UConn) d. Opala Dhingra (Yale) 6-2, 6-3