No. 49 Yale Defeats No. 39 Wake Forest 6-1

Jessica Rhee. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

DURHAM, N.C. – No. 49 Yale improved to 3-1 on the season with a 6-1 victory over No. 39 Wake Forest Sunday in the second match of the ITA Division I Women’s Kick-off Weekend at Duke University. 

The Bulldogs won the doubles point and five of six singles matches to win the match.  Senior Jessica Rhee won in straight sets at No. 3 singles.  Rhee defeated Emilee Malvehy 6-3, 6-1. 

All four of Yale’s other singles victories occurred in three set matches.  At No. 2 singles, sophomore Vicky Brook pulled out a 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-4 victory over Kathryn Talbert.  Junior Stevi Petrelli won 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 over Ryan Cutillo at No. 4 singles. 

Playing No. 5 singles, freshman Elizabeth Epstein battled to a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Katarina Reveche.  Junior Lindsay Clark defeated Aileen Davis 5-7, 6-1 6-1 at the No. 6 singles slot. 

Yale won two of three doubles matches to win the doubles point.  At No. 2 doubles, the duo of Rhee and Kent won 8-6 over Malvehy and Davis.  Petrelli and Epstein defeated Cutilo and Reveche 8-6 at No. 3 doubles. 

The Bulldogs will be back in action next weekend when they play their first home matches of the season.  Yale will play host to UMass on Friday and Memphis on Sunday.  

Complete Results

Singles
1.  Sasha Kulikova (W) def. No. 87 Stephanie Kent (Y), 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
2.  Vicky Brook (Y) def. Kathryn Talbert (W), 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-4
3.  Jessica Rhee (Y) def. Emilee Malvehy (W), 6-3, 6-1
4.  Stevi Petrelli (Y) def. Ryann Cutillo (W), 6-2, 4-6, 6-0
5.  No. 122 Elizabeth Epstein (Y) def. Katarina Reveche (W), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
6.  Lindsay Clark (Y) def. Aileen Davis (W), 5-7, 6-1, 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 6, 4*, 1, 2, 5

Doubles
1.  Kulkova / Talbert (W) def. Brook / Clark (Y), 8-6
2.  Rhee / Kent (Y) def. Malvehy / Davis (W), 8-6
3.  Petrelli / Epstein (Y) def. Cutillo / Reveche (W), 8-6

Report Filed by Steven Horn ’10, Yale Sports Publicity