October 22, 2011

Yale Concludes Second Day of Regionals With Two Doubles Teams and Four Singles Players Still Alive

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The womens tennis team finished the second day of the USTA/ITA NortheastRegional Championships with a 2-1 doubles record and a 6-2 singles mark. 

In doubles, senior Vicky Brook and freshman Hanna Yu advanced to the quarterfinals with an 8-3 victory against the Boston College pairing of Barry and Gujic. 

Sophomore Annie Sullivan and freshman Amber Li also advanced to the quarterfinals, beating a Princeton team of Caitlin Bartlett and Lyndsay Graff 9-7. 

Finally, after upsetting the tournaments No. 3 seed Friday, senior captain Steph Kent and sophomore Blair Seideman were unable to continue their win streak and lost to Princeton's team of Saiontz and Goepel 8-4. 

In singles, Yale finished the day with four of six players still in the running for the championship. 

Sophomore Elizabeth Epstein had a first round bye, then beat Columbia's Crystal Leung 6-1; 6-2 to advance to the third round.

Sophomore Blair Seideman, also with a bye as the 11th seed, won her match in straight sets against Julia Comas of UMass.

Senior Vicky Brook knocked off Boston College's Olga Khymylev 6-0; 6-1 after advancing to the second round with a bye as the seventh seed.

Freshman Hanna Yu was without the benefit of a bye, but still advanced to the round of 32 along with the majority of her teammates with two convincing victories.  First, she beat Drexel's Zeynap Mafa 7-5; 6-0, and then she topped Brown's Casey Herzberg, one of the tournaments 16 players that were given the tagging of a 17 seed 6-2; 6-1.

Sophomore Annie Sullivan won her first match against Boston University's Sami Lieb, but was unable to win in the round of 64. Playing against Brown's Jessica Harrow, another of the tournament's 17 seeds, Sullivan won the first set 6-4 but couldn't quite pull off the victory, dropping the second set 7-5 and the third set 6-4.

Freshman Amber Li ishad a first round bye, but lost her second round match against Columbia's Renata Arshavskaya.  After dropping the first set 6-4, she got ahead 5-4 in the second set, but eventually lost 7-5.  

 
 

Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity