Yale to Compete at Maryland Invite

Stevi Petrelli
Stevi Petrelli

Bulldogs Will Send Four Players to Tournament

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -  Four members of the women’s tennis team will open up the season for the Bulldogs this weekend at the Maryland Invite. 

Junior Stevie Petrelli, sophomore Stephanie Kent, freshman Elizabeth Epstein, and freshman Jenna Ritz will compete for Yale at the tournament hosted by the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.

For Kent, Epstein, and Ritz, the tournament will be their Yale debuts.  Kent is transferring to Yale from Cornell where she was named the MVP of the Big Red squad last season as a freshman.  Epstein and Ritz are part of Yale’s No. 10 ranked recruiting class in the nation.

The tournament will also be the first for new Yale assistant coach Christian Thompson, who will travel will the four competitors. 

"I'm very excited about the first fall tournament, even though our entire team won't be competing in the Maryland Invitational,” head coach Danielle Lund McNamra said.  “It will be a great opportunity for a lot of new players on our team to get some experience, and for Stevi to step up and be the leader of the group for the weekend."  

McNamara said the Bulldogs will use the tournament as well as subsequent tournaments this fall as an opportunity to improve on an individual basis.   

“Our goal for this tournament and all of our fall competition is to try to get a little bit better with each match we play,” McNamara said.  “The primary focus is individual improvement, both in singles and doubles, which will help prepare us for the spring dual season where we want to be playing our best tennis.  We're also working toward the ITA Regionals in October and the ITA National Indoors, which are the two fall tournaments we want to peak for.”

Report Filed by Steven Horn ’10, Yale Sports Publicity