NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Coming off of a two week hiatus, the Yale women's tennis team is ready to spring back into action with a weekend trip to Williamsburg, VA. to take on William & Mary. Afterwards, the Bulldogs continue their spring break swing in Florida, taking on Clemson and UCF in Orlando. It will be a challenging two weeks for the Bulldogs as all three of their opponents are ranked in the top 50 of the ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings.
William & Mary, No. 48 in the country, is 8-6 on the season, having endured one of the toughest schedules in the country. All six of the Knights' losses came against ranked teams (Kansas State, Kansas, UNC, Tennessee, Illinois, and Oregon). They are led by sophomore Rosie Chang, who is ranked No. 94 in the country. She and junior Clara Tanielian alternate playing No. 1 for the Tribe and will likely prove to be a challenge for the Bulldogs' 1-2 spots. They are coached by Tyler Thomson.
Five days later, on Wednesday 3/21, the Bulldogs will travel to the Theme Park Capital of the World to take on Clemson (7-6), No. 44 in the country, in a neutral ground battle. The Tigers boast the No. 20 player in the country, junior Marie Leduc, who is also half of the No. 60 doubles team in the country. Her partner is junior Fernanda Navarra. Clemson, like the Tribe, has seen all six of its losses come against ranked opponents (South Carolina (x2), Miami, FSU, Georgia, and Virginia Tech). Clemson is coached by Nancy Harris, who is in her 20th season as coach.
Finally, the Bulldogs wrap up their spring break against the University of Central Florida, the No. 24 team in the country. The Knights are 11-2 on the season, featuring impressive wins against the likes of ranked Michigan, South Carolina and Baylor. Their best player is No. 92 Rebeka Stolmar and they're coached Bryan Koniecko, former head coach of Yale's Ivy League rivals Brown.
With just five matches-- all over the next two weeks-- left before the start of conference play, this is the perfect opportunity for the Bulldogs to build momentum and see where they stack up against the country's best. The action kicks off at 6:30 PM this Friday against William & Mary. After a few days off and a plane to Orlando, the Bulldogs continue play at 10:00 AM on Wednesday 3/21 against Clemson and 5:00 PM on Thursday, 3/22 against UCF before returning home.