September 17, 2010

Bulldogs Open Season in Atlanta

New Haven, Conn. – The Yale women's tennis team will kick off the 2010-2011 season in Atlanta this weekend at the Georgia Tech Invitational.

The Bulldogs will join Georgia, Oklahoma State and host Georgia Tech for the three-day tournament that begins Friday morning.  

Head coach Danielle McNamara is looking forward to seeing what her team can do this weekend. 

"I'm extremely excited for our team to compete this weekend against some top national teams.  We've had great practices so far and I'm anxious to see how we play both in singles and doubles."

Georgia Tech, which finished 15th in the final spring 2010 ITA rankings, and Georgia, which finished 18th, should prove to be particularly testing for the Bulldogs.  Georgia also boasts the top recruiting class in the nation, according to a panel of junior tennis experts. 

Yale, which counters with the nation's No. 8 ranked recruiting class, will add freshmen Blair Seideman, of Glen Head, N.Y., Annie Sullivan, of Deerfield, Ill., and Kim Szokol, of Wiinetka, Ill., to an already formidable squad, anchored by senior captain Stevi Petrelli and fellow seniors Lindsay Clark and Silia DeFilippis.  Juniors Stephanie Kent and Vicky Brook, ranked the No. 90 individual in the nation, highest in the Ivy League, will add firepower to the Yale roster.   Sophomore Elizabeth Epstein rounds out the Bulldog squad.

The results of this weekend's action should help the Bulldogs analyze their strengths and weaknesses moving forward while getting a first live-action look at both new and returning players.

 
report filed by Alex Milvae '12, Yale Sports Publicity