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No. 30 Yale Tops Harvard 6-1 at Yale Tennis Center, Clinches Share of Ivy League Title

Steph Kent. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Steph Kent. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 30 ranked Yale women's tennis team knocked off Ivy League rival Harvard 6-1 Friday afternoon to improve its record to 17-3 (5-0 Ivy).

That 5-0 Ivy League mark guarantees the Bulldogs at least a tie for the Ivy League championship.  Should Yale win again, at Dartmouth on Sunday or in the team's final match against Brown, the Bulldogs will win the Ivy League outright, as the rest of the Ivy League already has at least two losses.

In doubles, Yale was able to pull off the team's 19th victory in 20 matches.  At No. 1, senior Vicky Brook and freshman Amber Li fell 8-6 to No. 73 Hideko Tachibana and Kristin Norton.  In the second spot, though, sophomore Annie Sullivan and junior Elizabeth Epstein pulled out their match 8-2 against Hannah Morill and Kelly Whelan.  In the third spot, senior captain Steph Kent and sophomore Blair Seideman also won 8-2 against the duo of Samantha Gridley and Damille Jania to win the doubles point. 

In singles, the Bulldogs played a number of close matches that belied the disparity in the final score.  At No. 1, Epstein lost in an 11-point tiebreaker after splitting the first two sets 6-7 (4), 7-6 (2).  However, that would be the sole blemish on the Yale record, as the rest of the team was victorious.  In the second spot, Seideman won 6-1, 6-0 against Jania.  At No. 3, freshman Hanna Yu also emerged victorious against Norton 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (7) Brook won her match at No. 4 against Natalie Blosse 5-7, 7-5, 1-0 (8).  At No. 5, Kent topped Gridley 6-2, 6-0.  Finally, in the sixth spot, Sullivan won 6-1, 6-3 against Whelan.  

Yale now stands one victory away from sole possession of the Ivy League title, and could clinch that honor on Sunday against Dartmouth at 2 p.m.  The winner of the Ivy League receives an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.

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Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity