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Yale Looking to Rebound at Syracuse

The Yale women's tennis team. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
The Yale women's tennis team. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The Yale women's tennis team is hoping to rebound after a tough weekend at the ECAC Indoor Championships. After losing a tight match to Cornell that came down to a deciding third set with the score leveled 3-3, the Bulldogs fell to Columbia 4-0 and Harvard 4-1.

The Bulldogs will have their work cut out for them as they travel up to Syracuse, N.Y., to take on Boston College and Syracuse. The Eagles are 3-2 on the young season and well-rested, having played last on Feb. 3 in Hanover, N.H., where they lost to William & Mary 4-3 a day after beating Dartmouth 5-2. They are coached by Nigel Bentley, who is in his 18th season with the team.

The Orange are 4-1 and have been dominant this year, their only loss coming to UVA 4-3; otherwise they have lost four total matches over the four wins. Leading the charge is Gabriela Knutson, who is ranked No. 17 nationally. First-year Samantha Martinelli will likely have the difficult task of facing her. Syracuse also boasts the No. 13 doubles team in the country, Knutson and Miranda Ramirez.

All in all, it will be a challenging weekend for the Bulldogs, facing two stellar opponents. They start the weekend off against BC at noon on Saturday before wrapping up at 11:00 a.m. the following day against the Orange.


Report by Vig Namasivayam '20, Yale Sports Publicity