NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This weekend, the No. 25 Yale women's tennis team will go to Syracuse to take on No. 59 William & Mary on Saturday before facing off against the Orange on Sunday.
The Bulldogs are currently 6-1, with their only loss coming 4-3 to No. 10 Michigan, and are fresh off of their fourth consecutive ECAC Indoor Championship. The greatest strength for Yale has come at doubles, where the team has taken the first point of the match seven consecutive times. At No. 1, the duo of senior Vicky Brook and freshman Hanna Yu is ranked No. 27. Right behind them are the nation's No. 37 pairing, in junior Elizabeth Epstein and sophomore Annie Sullivan. Finally, sophomore Blair Seideman and senior captain Steph Kent are ranked No. 41. The three pairs have each won their last five matches, and look to be in good position to continue their streak this weekend, as neither William and Mary nor Syracuse has a ranked pair. Yale has also been strong in singles, where the team has four of the top thirteen players in the Northeast Region. Epstein is at the top of the heap with her No. 2 ranking, followed closely by No. 3 Yu, Brook at the No. 7 spot and Seideman at No. 13.
William & Mary is 1-6, but all of its losses have come at the hands of ranked teams. The squad boasts the nation's No. 100 player in Marlen Mesgarzadeh, as well as three other regionally ranked players in Kayla Rizzolo, Jeltje Loomans and Maria Belaya. Loomans and Belaya also make up the Atlantic Region's No. 3 ranked doubles pair. Last season, the Bulldogs made history against William & Mary, beating the Tribe in the NCAA Tournament for Yale's first-ever tourney victory.
Syracuse, meanwhile, is 7-3 on the season and comes in to the weekend riding a five-match win streak, as well as a 27-match win streak on its home court. The best victory the team has had so far came 4-3 over No. 51 Boston College, whom the Bulldogs topped 7-0 in the ECAC Indoor Championship. Syracuse's top player is Emily Harman, ranked No. 93 nationally.
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity