Epstein Falls in Regional Finals to Columbia’s Bartnik
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Tuesday, in the final match of the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships, Yale's Elizabeth Epstein lost the championship to Columbia's Nicole Bartnik by a score of 6-4; 6-3.
Bartnik, a junior that plays in the No. 1 singles spot for Columbia, was simply too much for Yale in the singles draw, as she single-handedly eliminated sophomore Blair Seideman, freshman Hanna Yu, and Epstein. Yale did have a little bit of vengeance though, as the doubles pair of Seideman and senior captain Steph Kent eliminated Bartnik from the doubles draw with a convincing 8-1 victory.
Although the final result wasn't the best, Yale still had an incredible tournament, finishing with a stellar 17-6 singles record and 10-3 doubles record.
Epstein and Yu were the top performers in singles play, both finishing with five wins (Epstein advanced one round further on the strength of a first-round bye), and senior Vicky Brook and Seideman each won three matches. Sophomore Annie Sullivan won one match, and freshman Amber Li was winless.
Sullivan and Li, however, made up for the losses in singles by advancing to the semifinals in doubles play, winning four matches along the way. The pairing of Brook and Yu matched that feat exactly on the opposite end of the bracket, and Kent and Seideman won two matches before being knocked out.
Said Coach Christian Thompson, "For the doubles teams getting two teams into the semifinals was a really big accomplishment. We've been working really hard to improve in doubles and it paid off. In singles, having three players in the quarterfinals was awesome, especially seeing a freshman there (Hanna Yu). Looking forward to the spring, we showed off our depth and are looking forward to what should be a really exciting season."
Fall play is over for the tennis team except for the Dartmouth Invitational, which will take place from November 4th-6th. Only Kent and the newest addition to the team, junior Sarah Guzick, will participate.
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity