NEW HAVEN, Conn. – No. 36 Yale improved to 9-1 on the season and extended its home winning streak to 23 straight matches with a 5-2 victory over No. 32 William & Mary Saturday at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center.
The Bulldogs won the doubles point with victories at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. Playing No. 1 doubles, the duo of sophomore Vicky Brook and junior Lindsay Clark rolled to an 8-3 win over Ragini Acharya and Lauren Sabacinski. At the No. 2 doubles spot, sophomore Stephanie Kent and senior Jessica Rhee won 8-6 over Carmen Pop and Anik Cepeda.
Yale won four of six singles matches to clinch the victory. Brook continued her dominance at the No. 2 singles spot with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Nina Voluovich. Clark rolled to a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 6 singles over Cepeda.
After the Bulldogs dropped three set matches at No. 1 and No. 4 singles, senior Jessica Rhee clinched the victory for Yale with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 win at No 3 singles over Marlen Mesgarzadeh. Freshman Elizabeth Epstein finished shortly thereafter at No. 5 singles with a 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-2 win over Sabacinski.
The Bulldogs will be back in action Sunday as they try to extend their home winning streak to 24 straight when they take on No. 20 Vanderbilt.
1. Brook/Clark def. Acharya/Sabacinski 8-3
2. Kent/Rhee def. Pop/Cepeda 8-6
3. Kargl/Mesgarzadeh def. Petrelli/Lederhandler 8-5
Order of finish 1,3,2*
1. Acharya def. Kent 6-2,4-6,6-3
2. Brook def. Vulovich 6-1,6-3
3. Rhee def. Mesgarzadeh 6-2,3-6,6-4
4. Pop def. Petrelli 3-6,6-3,6-1
5. Epstein def. Sabacinski 6-7(2), 6-4,6-2
6. Clark def. Cepeda 6-4,6-3
Order of finish 2,6,4,1,3*,5
Report Filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale