No. 7 Georgia Ends No. 24 Yale’s Eight-Match Winning Streak

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Elizabeth Epstein. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

No. 118 Epstein Provides Lone Point for Yale

ATLANTA – 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.

Georgia (10-1, 4-0 SEC) won the doubles point by a slim margin. After an 8-4 Georgia win at No. 3, Yale dropped the match at No. 1 – junior Vicky Brook and senior Lindsay Clark vs. the No. 9 doubles team in the country, Kate Fuller and Chelsey Gullickson – by two, 9-7. Yale came away with an 8-6 win at No. 2 from junior Stephanie Kent and freshman Annie Sullivan, but it was not enough.

Georgia fielded a singles lineup with four ranked players, and that was not even including No. 60 Nadja Gilchrist. At the top spot No. 37 Chelsey Gullickson, the defending NCAA singles champion, topped Brook 6-1, 6-3. Straight-set wins by Georgia at No. 5 and No. 6 then clinched the match and ended long singles winning streaks by senior captain Stevi Petrelli (nine in a row) and Sullivan (eight in a row).

After another Georgia win at the No. 4 spot, No. 118 sophomore Elizabeth Epstein provided the highlight for Yale with a win over No. 84 Maho Kowase at No. 2. Kowase had been 24-6 entering the day, but Epstein handed her the loss in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. Epstein has now won eight of her last nine singles matches.

The final match to finish was No. 3 singles, where freshman Blair Seideman dropped the first set to Alex Anghelescu 6-2. Trailing 5-4 in the second set, Seideman fell behind 40-15. She fended off three match points before finally falling 6-4.

Yale's losses this season have all come against teams ranked in the top 17, including No. 17 Notre Dame and No. 16 Vanderbilt in addition to No. 7 Georgia. On Tuesday Yale saw its ranking drop one slot to No. 24, but the Bulldogs remain the highest-ranked Ivy League team (Brown is next at No. 36, followed by Harvard at No. 48).

Yale (11-3, 0-0 Ivy League) ends its spring break trip with a neutral-site match vs. No. 50 Purdue on Thursday at Piedmont Park in Atlanta. The Bulldogs then conclude non-league play by hosting Quinnipiac and Fairleigh Dickinson on Mar. 27 at Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center. The team is holding a food and clothing drive on that day.

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

 

Doubles
No. 1       Fuller/Gullickson (G) def. Brook/Clark (Y) 9-7
No. 2       Kent/Sullivan (Y) def. Anghelescu/ Kimbell (G) 8-6
No. 3       Ellis/ Kowase (G) def. Epstein/Petrelli (Y) 8-4

Singles
No. 1       Gullickson (G) def. Brook (Y) 6-1, 6-3
No. 2       Epstein (Y) def. Kowase (G) 6-4, 6-2
No. 3       Anghelescu (G) def. Seideman (Y) 6-2, 6-4
No. 4       Kimbell (G) def. Kent (Y) 6-3, 6-0
No. 5       Ellis (G) def. Petrelli (Y) 6-0, 6-1
No. 6       Fuller (G) def. Sullivan (Y) 6-1, 6-0