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Pair of Bulldogs Roll to ITA Regional Quarterfinals

Samantha Martinelli. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Samantha Martinelli. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's tennis team's remaining competitors in the ITA Regional Championships advanced from Day 3 earlier on Sunday afternoon, with Caroline Dunleavy and Samantha Martinelli both winning to clinch spots in Monday's quarterfinals. 

Dunleavy's match against Maya Jacobs of Rutgers was rollercoaster-esque; momentum was non-existent, with both players exchanging blowout sets before Dunleavy closed it out. It started with the Bulldogs winning the first set easily 6-1. Jacobs rebounded for a 6-0 second set victory, before Dunleavy was able to seize control and win the final set 6-0 to register a 6-1, 0-6, 6-0 victory. She will face Jenna Fridel of Harvard, who is seeded 10th. 

Martinelli's match was a bit more straightforward, as she won in straight sets over Princeton's Claire McKee. Martinelli dominated the first set, winning 6-2, before McKee found her rhythm in the second set. At 5-5 in the second, Martinelli found her way to a break and completed the win by a final score of 6-2, 7-5. She takes on No. 4 seeded Miranda Ramirez of Syracuse and will look to make the semifinals of the ITA Regional Championships for the second consecutive year. 

The only other team with two players in the quarterfinals is Syracuse, who is represented by Sofya Golubovskaya and Ramirez. 

Both Bulldogs will take the court at 10:00 am on Monday. 

Updated draws can be found here.