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Bulldogs Announce Team Awards for 2018-19 Season

Samantha Martinelli. Photo by Steve Musco
Samantha Martinelli. Photo by Steve Musco

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After concluding a season that saw the Bulldogs go 12-11 and finish fourth in the Ivy League, the Yale women's tennis team announced the team awards for the 2018-19 season.

For the second straight year, sophomore Samantha Martinelli was awarded the Lisa Rosenblum '75 Most Valuable Player Award. Playing at No. 1 singles, Martinelli went 23-5 in singles, two more wins than she accumulated last season. She also won a team-high 19 singles matches and 18 doubles matches, most of them coming with first year Jessie Gong in the No. 1 doubles slot. Martinelli was also one of two first team All-Ivy honorees who were voted in unanimously. She was featured in the Oracle/ITA Division I Women's Rankings for the majority of the season, ending the year at No. 104.

The John A. Blum '75 Most Improved Player Award went to Caroline Dunleavy, a sophomore transfer playing in her first season with the Bulldogs. Dunleavy was excellent, winning 19 singles matches out of the No. 2 slot and 17 doubles matches, also out of the No. 2 slot. Dunleavy joined Martinelli in being named first team All-Ivy.

Finally, the Special Contribution Award, given to "a special person who has contributed much more than tennis and whose presence was vital to the spirit of the women's tennis team", was awarded to two individuals this season, with sophomore Sarah Cameron and senior Amy Yang sharing the honor. Cameron is in her second season with the Bulldogs and was an immensely supportive and energetic presence throughout the season. Yang, the team's outgoing captain, won 17 matches over the course of her final collegiate season and was an incredibly important influence for a young Bulldogs team.