NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The first ITA rankings of the new year have been published, and Yale junior Elizabeth Epstein will begin the season as the No. 92 women's singles player in the nation. In addition, the selections for the ITA All-American Tennis Championships have been announced, with Epstein selected for the qualifying round, and senior Vicky Brook selected for the prequalifying round.
Epstein's ranking reflects her high level of play last season, as she finished the spring season with a 19-6 record in singles play. Epstein also took home both the team's Most Improved Player Award and the Lisa Rosenblum Award for Most Valuable Player.
The ITA All-American Tennis Championships will be hosted by the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. The tournament is divided into three levels: the main draw, which will take place from October sixth to ninth at the Riviera Tennis Club, the qualifiers, including Epstein, who will play on the fourth and fifth, and the prequalifiers, including Brook, who will play on the first and second at UCLA. To advance to the qualifying round, prequalifiers will have to win three matches. From the qualifying round, players must also win three matches in order to advance to the main draw, where the winner of the tournament will be crowned from among 32 players.
Last year, Brook also played in the tournament, but as a member of a doubles team with Lindsay Clark '11. Their pair advanced from the qualifying round into the main draw with two victories but was ousted by the No. 10 team in the nation. Prior to last season, Yale sent three players to the tournament in 2007, with none advancing past the prequalifying round.
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity