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All Three Yale Doubles Teams Advance to Round of 16

Stevi Petrelli
Stevi Petrelli

All three Yale doubles teams advanced to the round of 16 Saturday at the Wilson / ITA Northeast Regional Championships at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center.  The Bulldogs went 5-0 in doubles play on the day. 

The No. 7 seeded doubles team of sophomores Vicky Brook and Stephanie Kent received a bye to the round 32.  In the round of 32, the duo defeated Harvard’s Samantha Gridley and Alexandra Lehman 8-2 to advance to the round of 16. 

The No. 9 seeded doubles team of freshman Elizabeth Epstein and junior Stevi Petrelli defeated Boston University’s Jessi Linero and Petra Santini 8-3 in the round of 64.  Epstein and Petrelli then defeated Malissa Gilanchi and Zoe Taylor of Hofstra 8-4 to advance to the round of 16. 

Seniors Sarah Lederhandler and Jessica Rhee combined to win two matches Saturday.  In the round of 64, the duo rolled to an 8-0 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson’s Elmine Botes and Julija Korsunova.  The senior doubles team then squeezed out a 9-7 win against No. 9 seeded Jen Holzberg and Amy Zhang of Rutgers.

All three doubles teams will be back in action at 8 a.m. Sunday morning. 

Both Lederhandler and Petrelli have singles matches later Saturday.  Brook, Epstein, Kent, and Rhee were seeded in singles play and thus received first round byes.  They will play their first singles matches Sunday. 

For complete coverage of the event, click here. 

Report Filed by Steven Horn ’10, Yale Sports Publicity