Bulldogs Drop Match To No. 61 South Florida, 5-2

March 8, 2006

TAMPA, Fla. - Despite singles wins from Ashley Miles and Lilian Nguyen and yet another win in doubles for Rashmee Patil and Olivia Nix, the Bulldogs (3-3) dropped a tough 5-2 match to No. 61 South Florida (7-3) today in Tampa.

"It wasn't really reflected in the scores, but the matches were very close," Head Coach Katie Granson said. "A close match against a ranked team is a good sign. I'm confident we'll be able to put things together and start winning matches [on the trip]."

Yale had to contend with three players ranked in the top seventy in the nation in singles, as well as the No. 12 doubles team in the country in Gabriela Duch and Neyssa Etienne. No. 2 Janet Kim put up a good fight against No. 38 Courtney Vernon, who is 9-0 on the year in singles, but in the end, Vernon took the match 6-2, 6-3.

At No. 4, Miles set down Duch in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, and Nguyen defeated Luisa Obando 6-4, 6-3 for Yale's other singles win.

"[Nguyen] hasn't played every match, so for her to come in and get the win is a great effort on her part," Granson said.

Nix and Patil continued their stellar doubles play, setting down Liz Cruz and Iciri Rai in the No. 2 slot, 8-1.

The Bulldogs continue their southern swing on Sat., Mar. 10, when they take on Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton at 11:00 a.m.

Results:

Singles
No. 1 Neyssa Etienne (SF) def. Christine Alford (Y), 6-0, 6-2
No. 2 Courtney Vernon (SF) def. Janet Kim (Y), 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 Liz Cruz (SF) def. Aimee Kim (Y), 6-2, 5-7 (10-1)
No. 4 Ashley Miles (Y) def. Gabriela Duch (SF), 6-4, 6-4
No. 5 Iciri Rai (SF) def. Olivia Nix (Y), 6-2, 6-2
No. 6 Lilian Nguyen (Y) def. Luisa Obando (SF), 6-4, 6-3

Doubles
No. 1 Duch and Etienne (SF) def. Alford and Aimee Kim (Y), 8-0
No. 2 Nix and Rashmee Patil (Y) def. Cruz and Rai (SF), 8-1
No. 3 Obando and Vernon (SF) def. Lindsey Dashiell and Janet Kim, 8-2

Report filed by David Sherfinski '08, Yale Sports Publicity

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