October 12, 2008

Bulldogs Compete at USTA Invite

Oct. 12, 2008

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. - The Bulldogs began competition at the USTA Invite Saturday by winning 23 of 24 matches they played. Twenty-one teams, including nationally ranked Texas A&M, Purdue, Iowa, and Wake Forest, are competing at the tournament.

The Bulldogs competed in seven different singles brackets along with four doubles brackets. In the singles I bracket, senior Janet Kim cruised to two straight set victories. She defeated Natalia Christenson of Columbia 6-1, 6-3 and Shoko Okuda of Columbia 6-1, 6-1.

Junior Jessica Rhee defeated Kennifer Holzber of Rutgers 6-1, 6-3 and Joanna Craven of Purdue 7-6, 7-6 in the singles II bracket.

In the singles III bracket, sophomore Lindsay Clark rolled to two straight set victories with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Sara Abutovic of Winthrop and a 6-3, 6-4 win over Sara Mansur of Brown.

Sophomore Stevi Petrelli handled both of her opponents in the singles IV bracket with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Jessica Young of Iowa and a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Carissa Aboubakare of Brown.

In the singles V bracket, sophomore Lauren Ritz made quick work of her opponents with two straight set victories. She defeated Sydney Murray of Columbia 6-3, 6-0 and Julie Flanzer of Brown 6-0, 7-5.

Two members of Yale competed in the singles VI bracket. Freshman Vicky Brook defeated Sandra Herrera 6-2, 6-3 before knocking off her second opponent 6-1, 6-4. Junior Sarah Lederhandler defeated Jurelle Mendoza of Army 6-1, 7-5 before taking care of Shanya Miller of Cornell 6-0, 6-0.

After winning her first match 7-5, 6-0 in the singles VII bracket, Lilian Nguyen suffered the lone loss for the Bulldogs Saturday with a 6-1, 6-0 loss in her second match.

In the doubles I draw, Clark and Kim defeated Army's Niki Flach and Annie Houghton 8-3.

Brook and Ritz rolled to an 8-2 win over opponents Kelcie Klockenga and Ally Majerick of Iowa in the doubles II draw.

In the doubles III draw, Petrelli and Rhee pulled out a 9-7 win over Emily Ellis and Kathrin Sorroko of Brown.

Lederhandler and Nguyen rolled to an 8-2 win over Ashley Mitchell and Ryan Reichal of Dartmouth 8-2 in the doubles IV draw.

The Bulldogs will continue competition at the USTA Invite Sunday.

Complete Results
Single I
Kim def natalia christenson (columbia) 6-1 6-3
Kim def shoko okuda (columbia ) 6-1 6-1

Single II
Rhee def kennifer holzber (rutgers) 6-1 6-3
Rhee def joanna craven (purdue) 7-6 7-5

Singles III
Clark def sara abutovic (winthrop) 6-1 6-2
Clark def sara mansur (brown) 6-3 6-4

Singles IV
Petrelli def jessica young (iowa) 6-3 7-5
Petrelli def carissa aboubakare (brown) 6-2 6-1

Singles V
Ritz def sydney murray (columbia) 6-3 6-0
Ritz def julie flanzer (brown) 6-0 7-5

Singles VI
Brook def sandra herrera (winthrop) 6-2 6-3
Brook def alina sullivan 6-1 6-4
Lederhandler def jurelle mendoza (army) 6-1 7-5
Lederhandler def shayna miller (cornell) 6-0 6-0

Singles VIII
Nguyen def dara lahens (liu) 7-5 6-0
Finkelstein (brown) def nguyen 6-1 6-0

Doubles I
Clark / Kim def niki flach/annie houghton (army) 8-3

Doubles II
Brook / Ritz def kelcie klockenga/ally majerick (iowa) 8-2

Doubles III
Petrelli/rhee def emily ellis/kathrin sorroko (brown) 9-7

Doubles IV
Lederhandler/nguyen def ashley mitchell/ryan reichal (dartmouth) 8-2

Report Filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity