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Yale Finishes Strong at Bulldog Invitational

Amy Yang. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Amy Yang. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Dhingra, Martinelli, Yang, Zordani Claim Singles Victories Against Boston College 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's tennis team hosted the final day of the Bulldog Invitational on Sunday, facing a tough regional competitor in Boston College. Although the opposing side won seven matches to Yale's five, there were bright spots for the Elis across the board, especially in singles. For the second straight day, Yale's top performers included Opala Dhingra, Samantha Martinelli and Elizabeth Zordani; junior Amy Yang also impressed with a nail-biter three-set victory in singles.

The Bulldogs started strong in doubles, with Dhingra and Valerie Shklover making a statement in a 6-3 win over BC's Maria Ross and Elene Tsokilauri at the No. 3 spot. This victory came in Dhingra and Shklover's first match together this season; finding such success early on can only bode well for the future. Martinelli and Sunday Swett also played well together on Sunday, battling in an intense tiebreak before falling to BC's Loren Haukova and Dasha Possokhova 7-6(10) at No. 2 doubles.

The first-year player Martinelli also found success in singles, cruising to a 6-2, 6-4 victory over BC's Possokhova at the No. 1 spot. Martinelli has started the season in phenomenal form and Sunday's result marked her third win of the weekend, improving her singles record thus far to an unbeaten 3-0. Dhingra recorded a straight-set victory as well, downing BC's No. 6 player Reagan Posorske 6-3, 7-6(4) and solidifying a promising 2-1 start to the season.

The remaining highlights for Yale on Sunday came in a pair of three-set matches at No. 4 and No. 5 singles. At the No. 4 position, Yale's Elizabeth Zordani looked to be in a tough spot after losing her first set 6-3 to BC's Jackie Urbinati; the senior fed off the support of the home crowd, however, rallying to take the second set 6-3 and then winning outright in a 10-7 third set super tiebreak. Amy Yang's match at the No. 5 spot was even closer, as she and her opponent Elene Tsokilauri split the first two sets (each by a single service break). Despite the pressure, the Yale junior delivered some of her best tennis when it mattered, edging Tsokilauri 10-8 in the super tiebreak to finish the day on a positive note for both the team and an energized home crowd. 

Looking back on the past three days, the Elis can take pride in their strong performance as host of the Bulldog Invitational. After earning results against competitors from three of the best teams in the Northeast Region (BC, Cornell and Dartmouth), the players will be confident in their ability to succeed going forward. The Bulldogs will next take the court on Oct. 20 for the ITA Northeast Regional Championship.

Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity

FULL MATCH RESULTS – Boston College 7, Yale 5

Singles

  1. Martinelli (Y) def. Possokhova (BC), 6-2; 6-4
  2. Irani (BC) def. Levine (Y), 7-6(5); 6-1
  3. Wilcox (BC) def. Shklover (Y), 6-2; 6-1
  4. Zordani (Y) def. Urbinati (BC), 3-6; 6-3; 10-7
  5. Yang (Y) def. Tsokilauri (BC), 6-4; 4-6; 10-8
  6. Dhingra (Y) def. Posorske (BC), 6-3; 7-6(4)
  7. Ross (BC) def. Swett (Y), 6-2; 6-3
  8. Casella (BC) def. Shrivastava (Y), 6-0; 6-1

Doubles

  1. Urbinati/Wilcox (BC) def. Levine/Zordani (Y), 7-5
  2. Haukova/Possokhova (BC) def. Martinelli/Swett (Y), 7-6(10)
  3. Shklover/Dhingra (Y) def. Ross/Tsokilauri (BC), 6-3
  4. Irani/Posorske (BC) def. Amos/Yang (Y), 6-4