Hamilton Wins First Match of Yale Career at Duke Invitational

Elizabeth Epstein. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Elizabeth Epstein. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

CARY, N.C. – Friday, the Yale women's tennis team kicked off the Duke Fab-Four Invitational with a 2-2 record in singles highlighted by the first victory of freshman Madeleine Hamilton's career and a 2-2 showing in doubles.

Senior Elizabeth Epstein, ranked No. 85 in the nation, fell 6-0, 6-3 to No. 55 Caroline Rohde-Moe, an Ole Miss student-athlete.  This was Yale's lone match in the blue bracket, which is made up of the tournament's best players.

In the black bracket, freshman Ree Ree Li went down 6-4, 6-1 against UNC's Gina Suarez-Malaguti in her first match as a Bulldog

In the third and final white bracket, junior Blair Seideman went up against Juliana Gajic of Texas, pulling out a 6-1, 6-3 victory to advance to the second round. 

Also playing in the white bracket was freshman Madeleine Hamilton, making her first appearance for Yale tennis.  She was matched up against Texas A&M's Stefania Hristov, and emerged victorious 6-2, 6-2.

In doubles, Yale's strength as a team last year, the Bulldogs went 2-2 against tough competition from southern powerhouses Texas A&M, which finished last season ranked No. 17, and UNC, last year's No. 8 team.

Playing in the A bracket, Epstein and Seideman took on Hristov and Texas A&M teammate Wen Sun, falling 8-6.  In the first consolation round, though, the Bulldog duo pulled out an 8-5 win over Miami's Kelsey Laurente and Texas' Annat Rabinovich to improve their career record as a pair to 4-7.

Hamilton and Li, playing in the B bracket in their first doubles match together, dropped their first match 8-5 against UNC's Lauren McHale and Caroline Price.  Like Epstein and Seideman, though, they won 9-7 in their consolation match against Hope Johnson and Anik Cepeda of William & Mary

Play will continue tomorrow, starting at 10 a.m. 


Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity