No. 36 Yale Defeats No. 66 Harvard, Keeping Ivy League Championship Hopes Alive
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – 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.
The match began with a Harvard victory at the No. 1 doubles spot, but from there Yale asserted its dominance, with junior Vicky Brook and sophomore Elizabeth Epstein winning at the No. 2 doubles spot and freshmen Kim Szokol and Blair Seideman taking their match at the No. 3 spot, giving Yale the first point of the match.
In singles, Yale took victories at No. 2 with Epstein, No. 3 with Seideman, and No. 6 with senior captain Stevi Petrelli in straight sets. The team also got victories in three sets from junior Stephanie Kent at No. 4 and Sullivan at No. 5, taking the victory handily.
"It was a total team effort, and we came up big against our biggest Ivy rivals," said Seideman.
The match sets Yale up for Sunday's showdown against Dartmouth, which is 5-0 in league play. Should Yale defeat Dartmouth, a win over Brown after that would give the Bulldogs at least a share of the Ivy League title.
|Position||Harvard University||Yale University||Winner||Score|
|#1 Singles||#86 Holly Cao||Victoria Brook||Harvard University||6-3, 6-3|
|#2 Singles||Hideko Tachibana||Elizabeth Epstein||Yale University||6-2, 7-6|
|#3 Singles||Kristin Norton||Blair Seideman||Yale University||6-2, 6-0|
|#4 Singles||Natalie Blosser||Stephanie Kent||Yale University||6-3, 4-6, 10-4|
|#5 Singles||Hannah Morrill||Annie Sullivan||Yale University||6-3, 1-6, 6-2|
|#6 Singles||Samantha Gridley||Stevi Petrelli||Yale University||6-4, 6-4|
|#1 Doubles|| Hideko Tachibana
| Annie Sullivan
|#2 Doubles|| Holly Cao
| Elizabeth Epstein
|#3 Doubles|| Samantha Rosekrans
| Blair Seideman
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity