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Yale Hits the Road for Season Finale

Sarah Cameron. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Sarah Cameron. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - With Senior Day in the rear window, the Yale women's tennis team (6-16, 0-5 Ivy) takes a New York roadtrip to face Ivy League rivals Cornell and Columbia for the last two matches of the regular season.

The first stop will be Ithaca, N.Y., for a Saturday afternoon showdown against Cornell (6-12, 0-5 Ivy) in a rematch of a tough 4-3 ECAC Indoor Championship loss, which featured a trio of three-set matches and several tight sets. Caroline Amos, Samantha Martinelli and Elizabeth Zordani all picked up wins for the Bulldogs that day and will hope to do the same to help the team reverse its fortunes against the Big Red. Cornell has had an up-and-down season, largely due to its tough schedule, including losses to three teams ranked in the top 20 (No. 3 Georgia Tech, No. 13 Texas Tech and No. 19 Auburn). Both teams go into Saturday's matchup with similar overall records and identical Ivy League records. This should be an extremely competitive match and could go either way given the similar records and the close nature of their previous confrontation. The Carl H. Meinig '31 Head Coach of Women's Tennis at Cornell is Mike Stevens.

The next day, the Bulldogs head to Manhattan to take on Columbia (10-8, 2-3 Ivy), a team they previously lost to 4-0 at the ECAC Championships. The Lions have had an excellent season, stringing together four consecutive wins before a recent loss at Princeton. They, too, have encountered some challenges this season, with half of their losses coming against ranked teams (No. 24 Kentucky, No. 27 Syracuse, No. 37 Florida International and No. 45 Princeton). They are coached by Ilene Weintraub.

Play begins at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday in Ithaca and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday in New York City. With the Bulldogs eliminated from postseason play, this will be the final weekend of the 2017-2018 season.


Report by Vig Namasivayam '20, Yale Sports Publicity