Bulldogs Earn ITA All-Academic Team Honor Again; Three Individuals Also RecognizedThe 2011 Ivy League champion Yale women's tennis team earned ITA All-Academic Team recognition and had three individuals named ITA Scholar-Athletes for 2010-11: Vicky Brook (London, England), Silia DeFilippis (Short Hills, N.J.) and Steph Kent (Washington Depot, Conn.). This is the fourth year in a row Yale has been named an ITA All-Academic Team, and DeFilippis is a three-time ITA Scholar-Athlete honoree.
Bulldogs No. 31 in Final National RankingsThe Yale women’s tennis team was ranked No. 31 in the country in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, which were released Wednesday. The Bulldogs, who were Ivy League co-champions and won an NCAA tournament match for the first time in school history, were the highest-ranked Ivy League team. They were also ranked No. 1 in the Northeast region, and had three singles players -- rising senior Vicky Brook (London, England), rising junior Elizabeth Epstein (Chicago, Ill.) and rising sophomore Blair Seideman (Glen Head, N.Y.) -- ranked in the regional top 16. The doubles team of Brook and Lindsay Clark ’11 (Bernardsville, N.J.) was ranked No. 5 regionally.
Epstein, Petrelli and Seideman Honored with Team AwardsOn the heels of an Ivy League championship season and the program’s first NCAA Tournament match win, the Yale women’s tennis team honored three players with awards at the team’s annual post-season banquet Wednesday night at Mory’s. Sophomore Elizabeth Epstein (Chicago, Ill.) and freshman Blair Seideman (Glen Head, N.Y.) shared the Lisa Rosenblum Award as the team’s most valuable player. Epstein also earned the Most Improved Player Award. Senior Stevi Petrelli (Harrison, N.Y.), Yale’s captain, won the Special Contribution Award.
Steph Kent Elected 2011-12 CaptainRising senior Steph Kent (Washington Depot, Conn.), who helped the Yale women’s tennis team to the 2011 Ivy League championship and the program’s first NCAA Tournament match win, has been elected team captain for 2011-12. Kent was selected by a team vote Wednesday night.
Season Ends In Second Round of NCAA TournamentA day after registering the first NCAA Tournament win in team history, the No. 30 Yale women’s tennis team saw its season come to an end with a 4-0 loss to No. 3 Duke in the tournament’s second round Sunday at Ambler Stadium. After the Blue Devils took a closely contested doubles point, they won at Nos. 4 through 6 in singles to clinch the win.
Historic Day in Durham: No. 30 Yale Gets First NCAA Tourney WinIn a season full of significant accomplishments, the No. 30 Yale women’s tennis team added the biggest one of all on Saturday morning at Duke’s Ambler Stadium. With a 4-2 win over No. 43 William & Mary, the Bulldogs picked up the first NCAA Tournament win in school history.
Slight Delay at NCAAsAs the courts at Duke's Ambler Stadium are being dried after a torrential overnight storm, the Yale women's tennis team's first-round NCAA Tournament match vs. William & Mary has been slightly delayed. The match will now start a half-hour later, at 9:30 a.m.
No. 30 Bulldogs in N.C. for NCAA TournamentThe Ivy League Champion Yale women’s tennis team is in Durham, N.C., for the NCAA Tournament at Duke’s Ambler Stadium this weekend. The Bulldogs, ranked No. 30 in the country, will play No. 43 William & Mary on Saturday at 9 a.m. The winner faces the winner of the match between No. 3 Duke and Richmond. The second-round match takes place Sunday at 2 p.m.
Yale Coaches McNamara, Thompson Honored by ITAYale women’s tennis head coach Danielle McNamara and assistant coach Christian Thompson, who have led the Bulldogs to an Ivy League championship and an NCAA Tournament berth this season, have been honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for their efforts. McNamara and Dartmouth’s Bob Dallis have been named Northeast Region Coaches of the Year, and Thompson has been named Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
No. 30 Bulldogs Draw No. 43 William & Mary in NCAA TournamentMembers of the 2011 Ivy League champion Yale women’s tennis team gathered in the third floor classroom of Ray Tompkins House Tuesday evening to learn which team they would face in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Having earned an automatic bid helped ease the tension somewhat as the Bulldogs waited for 45 teams’ names to be called on the selection show before Yale finally appeared on the screen. The Bulldogs, ranked No. 30 in the latest ITA poll, will play No. 43 William & Mary at No. 3 Duke’s Ambler Tennis Stadium at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 14. The Blue Devils host both the first- and second-round matches in that bracket, which also includes Richmond. The second-round match takes place May 15 at 2 p.m.
Five Bulldogs Voted to All-Ivy TeamThe Ivy League announced women’s tennis awards Wednesday, with five players from the league champion Yale squad making the Second Team. Junior Vicky Brook, sophomore Elizabeth Epstein and freshman Blair Seideman, who played at Nos. 1-3 for Yale, all made the Second Team, as well as the No. 1 doubles team of freshman Annie Sullivan and senior Lindsay Clark.
No. 36 Yale Tops No. 63 Dartmouth 5-2 on Senior Day, Grabs Share of Ivy LeadThe Yale women’s tennis team got a huge win Sunday in its showdown against Dartmouth at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center. With the 5-2 victory, the Bulldogs retained control of their own fate, and a win against No. 45 Brown next weekend would give the team the Ivy League’s automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
No. 29 Yale Upset 5-2 By No. 56 PrincetonSaturday, the Yale women’s tennis team (16-4, 1-1 Ivy) hit the first roadblock of their Ivy League season with an upset loss to Princeton (9-8, 2-1 Ivy) on the road at the Lenz Tennis Center.
Food and Clothing Drive Sunday at Cullman-HeymanThe No. 28 Yale women’s tennis team is holding a food and clothing drive this Sunday at Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center. Admission is free to Yale’s two matches that day -- vs. Quinnipiac at 10 a.m. and vs. Fairleigh Dickinson at 3:30 p.m. -- and fans are asked to bring an article of clothing and/or food. Items will be donated to Connecticut Food Bank and Stepping Stone Emergency Housing.
No. 24 Yale Bounces Back with Sweep of No. 49 PurdueA day after seeing its eight-match winning streak snapped with a loss at No. 7 Georgia, the No. 24 Yale women’s tennis team responded by sweeping No. 49 Purdue 7-0 in a neutral-site match at Piedmont Park. The Bulldogs won each singles match in straight sets.
No. 7 Georgia Ends No. 24 Yale’s Eight-Match Winning StreakTwo sets of Bulldog women’s tennis teams with long winning streaks squared off Wednesday afternoon at Magill Tennis Complex, and in the end it was No. 7 Georgia who came away with the win, 6-1 over No. 24 Yale. The victory extends Georgia’s winning streak to eight matches while snapping Yale’s eight-match winning streak.
Winning Streak at Eight as No. 23 Yale Rallies Past Georgia State 5-2Rallying from a 2-1 deficit, the No. 23 Yale women’s tennis team extended its winning streak to eight matches by beating Georgia State 5-2 Sunday afternoon at Piedmont Park. The match took nearly five hours and included some epically long battles, capped by senior captain Stevi Petrelli’s 13-11 win in a third-set tiebreaker that ended the day. The win snaps the Panthers’ school-record nine-match winning streak.
Yale Reaches New High in Rankings at No. 23, Tops Army 7-0Tuesday saw the Yale women’s tennis team achieve its highest ranking in school history, as the Bulldogs moved up to No. 23 in the country from No. 28. On Wednesday, they began positioning themselves for another move up by registering a decisive 7-0 sweep of Army at Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center. Yale did not drop a set as it won for the seventh match in a row.
Six Wins in a Row for No. 28 Bulldogs After 6-1 Victory Over SBUThe No. 28 Yale women’s tennis team ran its winning streak to six matches with a 6-1 win over Stony Brook Sunday afternoon at Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center. The Bulldogs swept doubles and won five of six singles matches as they improved to 9-2 in the spring and remained undefeated at Cullman-Heyman.
Bulldogs Rise to No. 28 in Rankings, Host Stony Brook and ArmyAfter breezing by Columbia, Harvard and Princeton to capture the ECAC Division I Title for the third consecutive year, the No. 28 Yale Women’s Tennis team (9-2) will host Stony Brook (5-2) and Army (10-2) this week. The Bulldogs will compete against Stony Brook on Sunday at 3p.m., and Army on Wednesday at 12p.m. at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center.
Yale Reaches Finals of ECAC TournamentThe Yale Women’s tennis team won the second round of the ECAC Division I Women’s Indoor Championship on Saturday, defeating the Harvard Crimson by 6-1. On Friday, the No. 2 seeded Bulldogs defeated No. 7 Columbia 6-1.
No. 40 Yale Defeats Columbia, Advances to Semis in ECAC TournamentThe No. 40 Yale Bulldogs defeated the Columbia Lions Friday morning in the opening round of the ECAC Team Tournament. The Bulldogs were seeded No. 2 to Columbia's No. 7 spot. The Bulldogs record improves to 7-2 with this win, and they hand Columbia its first defeat of the spring season.
Yale Women to Compete in ECAC Tournament, Seeded No. 2After winning two consecutive matches, the No. 40 Yale Bulldogs (6-2) will attend this year’s ECAC Division I Indoor Team Championship at Princeton this weekend. The Bulldogs have been seeded No. 2 in the tournament, behind No. 1 Princeton. Yale will play its first match against No. 7 Columbia on Friday morning at 11:30a.m.
No. 40 Yale Sweeps ETSUThe No. 40 Yale women's tennis team improved to 5-2 for the spring season with a 7-0 win over East Tennessee State at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center Sunday afternoon. The Yale women pulled off five two set victories in the singles matches, and captured two out of three doubles matches to earn the doubles point.
No. 40 Yale Defeats MassachusettsIn the first of two matches this weekend, the Bulldogs defeated Massachusetts by a 6-1 score at the Cullman-Heyman tennis center. The Bulldogs' victory moves them to a 5-2 record this spring, which has already had its share of strong victories and competitors. Notably, the Bulldogs were invited to compete at the ITA Division I Kickoff Weekend, and defeated No. 47 Utah by a 5-2 margin, which boosted their ITA ranking.