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No. 28 Yale Sweeps Doubleheader Against Quinnipiac and FDU

Stephanie Kent. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Stephanie Kent. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Sunday, the No. 28 Yale women's tennis team beat both the Quinnipiac and Fairleigh Dickinson teams in a doubleheader at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center. 

First, the Bulldogs took on the Quinnipiac squad in what ended up being a 7-0 blowout.  Yale took the day without dropping a set, using only six players and mixing up the normal rotations.  Junior Stephanie Kent and freshman Annie Sullivan played in the top doubles spot, freshmen Kim Szokol and Blair Seideman played second, and senior Silia DeFilippis and sophomore Elizabeth Epstein played in the third spot, all winning their matches handily. 

On the singles side, Epstein played first, followed by Seideman, Kent, Sullivan, Szokol, and DeFilippis.  All won in straight sets, with the only close part of the match coming in Kent's first set, which she ended up winning 7-5. 

After dispatching the Quinnipiac team, the Bulldogs had to recover quickly for the match against Fairleigh Dickinson, in which they again used a different lineup than will be featured once Ivy League play begins next weekend.  Yale took the first point of the match with a dominant doubles performance, as junior Vicky Brook and senior Lindsay Clark won in the top spot in a close match, then got easy wins from Epstein and Sullivan in the second spot and Seideman and Szokol in the third spot. 

In singles, Yale captured four of the six matches to win 5-2 overall, with wins by Epstein in the second spot, Seideman third, Sullivan in the fifth spot, and Szokol in the sixth spot.  Brook dropped her match at number one in three sets, and senior captain Stevi Petrelli dropped her match when she retired with a one set lead. 

The Bulldogs have matches next Friday and Saturday on the road at Penn and No. 55 Princeton as Ivy League play begins.  Going in, Yale holds the highest national ranking and is favored to be the best team in the Ivies, but that ranking will be meaningless if it isn't supported by results.


Yale vs. Quinnipiac; Yale wins 7-0


1.       Sullivan/Kent def. Viebrock/Labarthe         8-3

2.       Szokol/Seideman def. Cantor/Markison      8-1

3.       DeFilippis/Epstein def. Steinert/Cristescu  8-4



1.       Elizabeth Epstein def. Cantor    6-2,6-2

2.       Blair Seideman def. Markison   6-2,6-1

3.       Stephanie Kent def. Labarthe     7-5,6-2

4.       Annie Sullivan def. Viebrock      6-1,6-1

5.       Kim Szokol def. Steinert              6-1,6-2

6.       Silia DeFilippis def. Cristescu     6-2,6-0

Yale vs. Fairleigh Dickinson; Yale wins 5-2

 Position  Yale University  Fairleigh Dickinson University  Winner  Score
 #1 Singles  Victoria Brook  Elmine Botes  Fairleigh Dickinson University  5-7,7-5,10-7
 #2 Singles  #118 Elizabeth Epstein  Irina Dementyeva  Yale University  6-1,6-0
 #3 Singles  Blair Seideman  Julia Prantl  Yale University  6-1,6-3
 #4 Singles  Stevi Petrelli  Egzona Morina  Fairleigh Dickinson University  6-7(6),2-3 retire
 #5 Singles  Annie Sullivan  Manuela Leme  Yale University  6-1,6-0
 #6 Singles  Kim Szokol  Emily Napier  Yale University  6-1,6-1
 #1 Doubles  Victoria Brook 
 Lindsay Clark
 Irina Dementyeva 
 Elmine Botes
 Yale University  8-7(2)
 #2 Doubles  Elizabeth Epstein 
 Annie Sullivan
 Julia Prantl 
 Egzona Morina
 Yale University  8-3
 #3 Doubles  Blair Seideman 
 Kim Szokol
 Manuela Leme 
 Emily Napier
 Yale University  8-1

Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity