NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Friday, the No. 30 Bulldogs split both their singles match against No. 61 Purdue and their doubles match against No. 20 Tulsa at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center on day one of the Bulldog Invitational.
Scores in the tournament are based on the position of the player, so a victory at No. 1 in singles is worth eight points, a victory at No. 2 is worth seven points, and so on. In doubles, scores start at four points and count down from there.
In singles, Yale was matched up with Purdue and their No. 61 team. At No. 1, junior Elizabeth Epstein scored a 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-2 victory over Jenifer Rabot. At No. 2, sophomore Blair Seideman dropped her match in straight sets to Lynda Xepolas. At No. 3, senior Vicky Brook played Mara Schmidt to a tiebreak in the first set, but was unable to pull out a victory. At No. 4, sophomore Annie Sulllivan won her match in straight sets over Daniela Vidal. At No. 5, senior captain Steph Kent topped Giselle Pere 6-4, 6-4. At Nos. 6 and 7 freshman Amber Li and junior Sarah Guzick fell in straight sets, but freshman Hanna Yu evened the score with a dominant 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 8.
In doubles, Brook and Yu, the nation's No. 16 pair, beat out Tulsa's Anastasia Erofeeva and Ewa Szarkowska 8-5 to take an early lead in the weekend's standings. Erofeeva is the No. 78 singles player nationally. At No. 2, the No. 59 pairing of Sullivan and Li fell 8-6, but No. 39 ranked Seideman and Kent took the lead with a 9-7 victory. Unfortunately, Yale was unable to maintain the lead, as the final pairing of Guzick and Epstein dropped their match 8-2.
At the end of the first day, Epstein holds the top spot in singles and Brook and Yu lead the doubles standings. Saturday, Yale will face Auburn in singles and Purdue in doubles.
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity