Yale Celebrates 40 Years of Women's Tennis at Association Dinner

NEW YORK, N.Y. – More than 120 student-athletes, alumni and friends gathered at the Yale Club of New York City on Apr. 29 to celebrate 40 years of women's tennis at Yale at the annual Yale Tennis Association Dinner.

Yale Tennis Association President Thomas Hartch '63 served as MC for the evening, which included a number of speakers, including the Cary Leeds Coach of Men's Tennis Alex Dorato, men's tennis captain Calvin Bennett, women's head coach Danielle Lund McNamara and women's captain Stevi Petrelli.

The dinner concluded with a panel of Yale women's tennis alumnae who took the stage for a question and answer session. The panel included Debbie Peck '77, Andrea Rice '89, Naomi Zeff '99 and Janet Kim '09. Dorato served as the moderator for the alumnae panel. Student-athletes, alumni and friends listened to stories and words of wisdom from these panel members. Guests enjoyed hearing about the change that Yale women's tennis has been through in the past 40 years.

"The YTA dinner was an amazing celebration of women's tennis at Yale," said McNamara. "The attendance was outstanding and it was so special to see so many women's tennis alums from the last 40 years connecting with each other and our current team.  The future of Yale women's tennis looks very bright and I'm hopeful that this dinner with be a jumping point to get even more women's tennis alums involved in our program."