NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's tennis team recognized three of its finest players for their exemplary contributions to the team this past year, as Samantha Martinelli, Caroline Amos, and Sunday Swett were honored for their excellent 2017-2018 seasons.
Junior Caroline Amos was honored with the John A. Blum '77 Most Improved Player Award, winning a career high 12 singles and doubles matches over the course of the season after going 2-0 last season. Amos was installed as a fixture in both doubles and singles early in the year and played extremely well throughout.
First-year Samantha Martinelli was recognized by her teammates as the most deserving receipient of the Lisa Rosenblum '75 Most Valuable Player Award. Playing at No. 1 singles, Martinelli won a team high 21 matches, while also winning 15 matches at No. 1 doubles, second on the team to her frequent partner Elizabeth Zordani's 16. Martinelli made a strong impression early on with the team, advancing to the semifinals of the ITA Regional Championship in her first month with the team, and continued that momentum to an excellent rookie campaign that included an appearance in the ITA national rankings earlier in the season. She is the first first-year to win MVP for the Bulldogs since 2011.
Finally, senior captain Sunday Swett was the receipient of the Special Contribution Award, which recognizes, "a special person who has contributed much more than tennis and whose presence was vital to the spirit of the women's tennis team". Swett, in the final season of her Bulldog career, won 11 matches across singles and doubles and was an incredibly important influence for the team both on and off the court as captain. This was the third time she won the Special Contribution Award, with the first two coming in her first two seasons with the team.
Report by Vig Namasivayam '20, Yale Sports Publicity