May 9, 2008
ATHENS, Ga.--The Yale women's tennis team (11-9) saw its season come to an end with a 4-0 loss to second-seeded Georgia (21-4) in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. It was the first NCAA Tournament match in program history.
"I'm very proud of the way we competed," Yale head coach Danielle Lund McNamara said after the match. "We were right in there in several matches and had a chance to win a few."
The day got underway with three doubles matches, where Georgia cruised to easy victories at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. Kelly Hyndman and Yvette Hyndman, the No. 52 doubles team in the nation, defeated Yale's No. 1 Janet Kim and Jessica Rhee 8-2, while Lindsey Dashiell and Stevi Petrelli fell to Monika Dancevic and Adrienne Elsberry 8-3 at No. 3, clinching the doubles point for Georgia.
Naoko Ueshima and Cameron Ellis built a 7-4 lead for Georgia at No. 2 doubles, but Lindsay Clark and Lauren Ritz fought back to make it 7-6. With Georgia serving for the match, Yale fought off two match points before Clark hit back-to-back winners to break serve and tie it at 7-7. Dancevic and Elsberry finished off their victory moments later, so the No. 2 doubles match went unfinished. NCAA Tournament rules dictate that all remaining play be stopped once the result is clinched.
In singles, Kim built a 4-1 lead against No. 39 Yvette Hyndman at No. 1 before Hyndman won four straight games to go in front 5-4. After Kim held serve, she broke for a 6-5 lead, then fought off two break points and won the set with an ace. Rhee won the first set of her match at No. 2 singles, 6-3 over No. 58 Kelley Hyndman.
However, Georgia rolled to easy first set victories at No. 3 and No. 4 singles. At the No. 3 position, No. 103 Dancevic took a 6-1 set against Clark, while No. 83 Ueshima posted a 6-0 first set win over Sarah Lederhandler at No. 4. Ritz, who went 7-0 at No. 6 singles during the Ivy League season, played in the No. 5 position for the first time and took a 5-4 before Ellis rallied back to win the set, 7-5. It was an identical score at No. 6, where Elsberry took the lead against Petrelli.
Dancevic finished off Clark 6-2 in the second, and Ueshima made it 3-0 Georgia by closing out her straight-sets win over Lederhandler, 6-3. Georgia needed just one more win to clinch the match, and it came at No. 5, where Ellis built a 5-1 lead and was serving for the match. Ritz fought off four match points before succumbing, 6-1.
The other three matches were halted with Yale either leading or tied. Kim was up a break, 2-1, at No. 1, while Rhee and Kelly Hyndman were on-serve at No. 2. Petrelli and Elsberry were knotted 2-2 in the second set when the match ended.
With the loss, Yale saw its eight-match winning streak come to an end. Georgia advanced to the second round for the 10th straight year and will face South Carolina on Saturday.
"We learned a lot by playing a team of this caliber," McNamara said. "Everyone is so motivated to get back (to the tournament) and have an even better result next year. There are so many positives that we can take away from this season."
No. 1: Janet Kim (Yale) vs. Yvette Hyndman (Georgia) 7-5, 2-1, not finished
No. 2: Jessica Rhee (Yale) vs. Kelley Hyndman (Georgia) 6-3, 1-2, not finished
No. 3: Monika Dancevic (Georgia) def. Lindsay Clark (Yale) 6-1, 6-2
No. 4: Naoko Ueshima (Georgia) def. Sarah Lederhandler (Yale) 6-0, 6-3
No. 5: Cameron Ellis (Georgia) def. Lauren Ritz (Yale) 7-5, 6-1
No. 6: Adrienne Elsberry (Georgia) vs. Stevi Petrelli (Yale) 7-5, 2-2, not finished
Order of Finish: 3, 4, 5
No. 1: Hyndman/Hyndman (Georgia) def. Kim/Rhee (Yale) 8-2
No. 2: Clark/Ritz (Yale) vs. Ueshima/Ellis (Georgia) 7-7, not finished
No. 3: Dancevic/Elsberry (Georgia) def. Lindsey Dashiell/Petrelli (Yale) 8-3
Order of Finish: 1, 3
Report filed by Joe Clifford, Yale Sports Publicity