Four Bulldogs Go Undefeated at the First Day of the Cissie Leary Invitational

Annie Sullivan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Annie Sullivan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

PHILADELPHIA, Penn. – Friday, the Yale women's tennis team won five of six singles matches and four of five doubles matches on the first day of the CIssie Leary Invitational.

Playing in Singles Flight A, sophomore Hanna Yu advanced to the quarterfinals on the strength of a first-round bye and a second round domination of Maryland's Sarah Gealar, 6-2, 6-1.  Yu will go up against Delaware's Danea Jonjic Saturday. 

Also in Flight A, fellow sophomore Amber Li won her first-round matchup against Ioana Alecsiu of Columbia by a score of 6-3, 6-3.  In the second round, Li took down another Ivy League rival, beating Dartmouth's Akiko Okuda 6-3, 6-2.  Next up for Li in the quarterfinals is a match against Columbia's Bianca Sanon.

Junior Annie Sullivan, the third Bulldog in the top flight, had a first-round bye.  She won the first set 6-1 and was up 4-0 in the second set in the second round when Penn player Jaime Yapp-Shing retired due to an injury.  Sullivan will attempt to advance to the semifinals Saturday against Nevena Selakovic, a St. Johns student-athlete. 

In Flight B, freshman Courtney Amos saw her first Yale action in a second-round matchup with Richmond's Katya Salas following first-round byes for both players.  Amos came away with an easy 6-1, 6-2 victory, and will play Amanda Halstrom of Delaware Saturday. 

Senior Sarah Guzick, the final participating Bulldog, had a first-round bye, but dropped her match against Sarah Bessen in a hard-fought battle.  Bessen took the first set 6-3, but Guzick stormed back to even the score with a 6-2 win in the second set.  The tiebreak would prove to be a close affair, but Bessen eventually prevailed 10-8.

Guzick improved her day with two strong victories in doubles, playing with Sullivan.  In the first round, the pair knocked off the Delaware duo of Carmen Lai and Dorothy Safron 8-4.  In the second round, the two Bulldogs earned an 8-2 win over Richmond's Salas and Melissa Kandinata.  Guzick and Sullivan will play in the quarterfinals against a Columbia pairing made up of Katarina Kovacevic and Kanika Valdya. 

The other Yale duo in action was made up of Li and Yu, and the two pulled out an 8-1 win against Temple's Maame Ama Osei and Rebecca Breland after a first-round bye.  In the quarterfinals, the two will be matched up against Drexel's Zeynep Mafa and Marcela Rosales. 

Finally, Amos, playing with Penn State's Sarah Henderson, won a first round matchup against Delaware players Olivia Heim and Kimberly Milla, 9-8 (4).  In the second round, though, the two were unable to top Cornell's Sarah O'Neil and Lauren Frazier, falling 8-5. 

Action will continue Saturday, with four Bulldogs still in contention for singles titles, and two doubles pairs still without a loss.


Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity