NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Wednesday, the No. 26 ranked Yale women's tennis team will go up against Quinnipiac before Rutgers comes to the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center on Friday.
First up will be Quinnipiac. The Bobcats are only 3-6 for the year, and have not gone up against any ranked opponents. Quinnipiac has no common opponents so far with Yale, but when the team faced Rutgers, it lost 7-0.
The Scarlet Knights have had a slightly better year, as they come into the match with an 8-6 record. Rutgers has not defeated any ranked opponents, but it has played some opponents close, including No. 47 Syracuse, which knocked off Rutgers 4-3. In addition to team accomplishments, Rutgers features Vanessa Petrini, who is ranked No. 5 in the Northeast region.
Yale enters the match with the No. 24 ranking in the nation, which gibes with the team's 10-3 record. Yale's accomplishments this year have been enabled largely by the prowess of the team's doubles pairs, which have put Yale up 1-0 to start 12 of the team's 13 matches. The team's three ranked doubles pairs are led by the combination of senior Vicky Brook and freshman Hanna Yu at No. 30. At No. 61, junior Elizabeth Epstein and sophomore Annie Sullivan play in the second spot for the Bulldogs, and the pairing of senior captain Steph Kent and sophomore Blair Seideman are in the No. 3 spot for Yale. The duo of Sullivan and freshman Amber Li also remains ranked, at No. 74, despite no longer playing together. Additionally, even though Yale has no ranked singles players nationally, the Bulldogs dominate the Northeast regional rankings. Epstein is ranked No. 2, Yu is third, Brook is No. 7, and Seideman comes in at No. 13.
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity