CARY, N.C. – Saturday, the Yale women's tennis team stepped up its level of play with a strong showing in the consolation brackets at the Duke Fab-Four Invitational, amassing a record of 5-3 in singles and 3-1 in doubles.
Senior Elizabeth Epstein, playing on the consolation side of the blue bracket, advanced all the way to the consolation finals with two convincing victories. First, Epstein knocked off Furman's Lauren Kline 6-3, 7-5. Then, in the consolation semifinals, Epstein pulled out a 6-4, 6-2 win over Annat Rabinovich of Texas. Epstein will play in the final against another Texas product, Elizabeth Begley, in the consolation finals Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
In the black bracket, freshman Ree Ree Li earned a 6-3, 6-4 win over Rachael White in the first round of the consolation bracket. Li would fall, though, to Duke's Ester Goldfield in the consolation semifinals by a margin of 7-5, 6-1. Li will play for third place in consolation Sunday against William & Mary's Hope Johnson.
In the white bracket, where both competing Bulldogs won their first-round matches, freshman Madeleine Hamilton made it all the way to the semifinals before being ousted by Texas player Noel Scott 6-0, 6-2. In the quarterfinals, Hamilton beat Miami's Lina Lileikite 2-6, 6-4, 6-0. Hamilton will match up against Mary Anne Macfarlane of Alabama Sunday to compete for third place.
Junior Blair Seideman, the other Bulldog in the white bracket, dropped her quarterfinal match to Duke's Hanna Mar 6-4, 6-4 before topping Caroline Price of UNC in the fifth place bracket 6-4, 1-6, 6-1. Seideman will play against Lileikite Sunday for fifth place.
In doubles, Epstein and Seideman beat Rabinovich and teammate Kelsey Laurente, from Miami, 8-5. In the consolation finals, the Yale duo fell 8-4 to Julia Jones and Erin Stephens, an Ole Miss pairing of players both ranked in their own regard.
In the secondary doubles bracket Hamilton and Li gelled in a hurry, overcoming their loss in the first round to win the consolation bracket. First, they knocked off William & Mary's Hope Johnson and Anik Cepeda 9-7. In the finals, they topped the Purdue pairing of Linda Xepoleas and Daniela Vidal 9-8 to take the consolation crown.
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity