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Bulldogs First Years Impress at ITA Regional Championship

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

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- Seven members of the Yale Women's Tennis team competeted at the ITA Regional Championships on Friday in both singles and doubles. Jessie Gong, Raissa Lou, Kathy Wang, and Amy Yang all advanced to the second round in the singles draw, highlighting an overall great day for Yale. 

The Bulldogs were impressive from top to bottom in singles. Gong won her match 6-1, 6-4 against Libi Mesh of Syracuse to set up a showdown with the No. 1 overall seed Jessica Livianu of SJU. Lou lost five games in a straight sets victory and takes on Penn's Marta Kowalska, the No. 12 overall seed. Wang lost only one game in a dominant showing to move on to the second round. All three first-years won, continuing what has been an eye-opening first impression for the trio.

While the young guns thrived, the old guard stood strong as well with Yang gutting out a three set victory 6-1, 4-6, 6-2. She plays the No. 2 overall seed Yufie Long of BC on Saturday. Yang joins the three first years and sophomores Caroline Dunleavy and Samantha Martinelli in the second round, with the latter two both receiving a bye in the first round as the 17th and 8th seeds respectively. They will join their four victorious teammates in singles play tomorrow. 

None of the Bulldogs doubles teams were able to register a victory. Gong/Martinelli and Dunleavy/Lou both fell, 8-5 and 8-6 respectively, while Gillinov/Wang were overpowered by the No. 4 seeded team from Princeton.  

Updated draws are available here.