Six Wins in a Row for No. 28 Bulldogs After 6-1 Victory Over SBU

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Blair Seideman and Kim Szokol. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Win by Seideman at No. 3 Singles Clinches Match

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The 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.

This was Yale's first time back on the courts after a win in the ECAC Indoor Team Championship, the Bulldogs' third title in a row, two weeks ago. Junior Vicky Brook and senior Lindsay Clark cruised to an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles, and junior Stephanie Kent and freshman Annie Sullivan followed with an 8-2 win at No. 2. A pair of freshmen, Blair Seideman and Kim Szokol, won 8-5 at No. 3.

No. 88 sophomore Elizabeth Epstein extended Yale's lead to 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Prerana Appineni at No. 2 singles. Epstein has now won six in a row herself, all at the No. 2 spot.

Sullivan has also won six in a row, as her straight-set win at No. 6 Sunday put Yale within one of clinching the match. The Seawolves then squeezed out a 7-5, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles, as 2009-10 America East Rookie of the Year Nini Lagvilava topped Brook to make it 3-1. But at No. 3, Seideman finished off another straight-set victory for Yale to make it 4-1.

Kent (at No. 4) and senior captain Stevi Petrelli (at No. 5) thus saw their matches go to tiebreakers in the third set, and both came away with wins. Petrelli has now won seven in a row, and this was the first time in that streak she has been pushed to a third set. Kent was the last to finish, fending off a pair of match points before winning 12-10 in the third.

Stony Brook (4-3, 0-0 America East) has gone 1-3 against Ivy League schools this spring, with losses to Brown (6-1), Columbia (5-2) and Yale and a win over Penn (4-3).

Yale hosts Army Wednesday at Noon.

Doubles
No. 1 Brook/Clark (Y) def. Charliquart/Hanson (SBU) 8-1
No. 2 Kent/Sullivan (Y) def. Appineni/Pike (SBU) 8-2
No. 3 Seideman/Szokol (Y) def. Mehter/Krishnan (SBU) 8-5

Singles
No. 1 Lagvilava (SBU) def. Brook (Y) 7-5, 6-1
No. 2 Epstein (Y) def. Appineni (SBU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 Seideman (Y) def. Mehter (SBU) 6-0, 6-4
No. 4 Kent (Y) def. Krishnan (SBU) 6-3, 3-6, 12-10
No. 5 Petrelli (Y) def. Hanson (SBU) 6-3, 2-6, 10-4
No. 6 Sullivan (Y) def. Pike (SBU) 6-3, 6-0

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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