No. 44 Bulldogs Lose to Crimson 5-2

Sarah Lederhandler
Sarah Lederhandler

April 19, 2009

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Bulldogs' regular season ended Sunday with a 5-2 loss to Harvard in Cambridge. The loss left Yale at 5-2 in the Ivy League, one back of Princeton for the Ivy League Championship. While the Bulldogs will not receive the automatic NCAA Tournament bid, they still have a chance of receiving an at-large bid come selection time in the last week of April.

It was not good for Yale from the start. The Bulldogs dropped all three doubles matches to lose the doubles point and fall behind Harvard 1-0.

Singles matches did not begin much better. Yale lost the first set in five out of six singles matches. While Vicky Brook temporarily tied the score at 1-1 with a victory at No. 3 singles, Harvard quickly responded by taking a 3-1 lead by handing Yale straight-set losses at No. 1 and No. 5 singles.

The Bulldogs charged back, though, and added drama to this match by taking sets at No. 4 and No. 6 singles. Sarah Lederhandler closed out her opponent at No. 6 singles 4-6, 6-0, 6-0 to close Harvard's lead to 3-2. But alas, the Crimson were too much as they finished matches at No. 2 and No. 4 singles in three sets to close the door on Yale's back-to-back Ivy League title hopes.

The Crimson is now 5-1 in the Ivy League and could split the Ivy League title with Princeton if they win against Dartmouth next week, but Princeton will receive the automatic NCAA Tournament bid based on head-to-head record.

Complete Results
1. No. 88 Beier Ko (H) def. No. 116 Janet Kim (Y), 6-3, 6-2
2. Laura Peterzan (H) def. Jessica Rhee (Y), 7-6, 5-7, 10-8
3. Vicky Brook (Y) def. Samanthan Rosekrans (H), 6-3, 6-2
4. Agnes Sibilski (H) def. Lindsay Clark (Y), 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
5. Holly Cao (H) def. Stevi Petrelli (Y), 6-1, 6-3
6. Sarah Lederhandler (Y) def. Samanthan Gridley (H), 6-4, 0-6, 0-6

1. Ko / Sibilski (H) def. No. 86 Kim / Rhee (Y), 8-3
2. Cao / Rosekrans (H) def. Brook / Clark (Y), 8-5
3. Camille Jania / Peterzan (H) def. Petrelli / Lederhandler (Y), 8-5

Report by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity