The 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.
The 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.
On 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.
Rising 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.
A 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.
In 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.
As 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.
The 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 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.
Members 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.
The 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.
Saturday, the Yale women’s tennis team will take on Brown in the team’s most important match of the season. Should the Bulldogs emerge victorious, they would win at least a share of the Ivy League championship, and based on their tiebreaker advantage over Dartmouth, the team would also earn the league’s automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
The Yale women’s tennis team rose to the occasion and won the biggest match of its season, defeating Brown to win a share of the Ivy League title with Dartmouth and, by virtue of its tiebreak advantage, the league’s automatic NCAA Tournament berth.
The 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.
This weekend, Yale will compete against Harvard and Dartmouth in a weekend of matchups that could determine the Ivy League championship. Friday, the Bulldogs will visit Harvard for a 2 p.m. matchup, and then Sunday Dartmouth will come to Yale for a showdown at noon.
The No. 36 Yale women’s tennis team defeated No. 66 Harvard 6-1 Friday afternoon at Harvard’s Murr Tennis Courts. Yale improved to 4-1 in the Ivy League and dropped the Crimson to 4-1, with the tiebreaker in favor of Yale.
This Sunday, the No. 28 Yale women’s tennis team will compete against the unranked Quinnipiac and Fairleigh Dickinson squads at home at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center in a doubleheader before the Ivy League season begins next weekend.
The 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.
A 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.
Two 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.
Rallying 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.
The No. 23 Yale women’s tennis team has gone south for spring break, as the Bulldogs will play a trio of games in Georgia. After opening at Georgia State on Sunday, the team plays a pair of ranked opponents: at No. 11 Georgia on Mar. 16 and vs. No. 57 Purdue in a neutral site match in Atlanta on Mar. 17.