No. 24 Bulldogs Look for Fifth Straight ECAC Indoor Championship
UPDATE FEB. 7, 3:00 PM: Due to the impending winter storm, the ECAC Indoor Championship has been CANCELED.
Yale Enters Tournament as Top Seed
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This weekend the No. 24-ranked Yale women's tennis team will travel to Columbia University in New York, N.Y., to compete in the annual Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Indoor Tennis Championship. The Bulldogs are the tournament's four-time defending champions.
Coming off a finals appearance in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend and two impressive victories at home over Florida International and No. 37 Arkansas, the Bulldogs have been playing great tennis of late. Freshman Madeleine Hamilton, who ranks No. 90 nationally, has settled into the No. 1 position, where she is 3-2 this spring. Junior Annie Sullivan has been one of the team's most versatile players, having competed at Nos. 3, 4 and 5 singles and Nos. 1, 2 and 3 doubles with three different partners. She is currently 4-0 at singles and 4-1 at singles. The team's leader, senior captain Elizabeth Epstein, ranks No. 42 nationally and boasts a 4-1 record at No. 2 singles this season. An ECAC Indoor Championship title this weekend would be her fourth.
Yale enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed, while the Bulldogs' toughest Ivy opponent, Princeton (ranked No. 73 nationally), is seeded second. The tournament also features (from highest to lowest seed) Columbia, Boston College, Brown, Dartmouth, Cornell and New Jersey Institute of Technology.
The Bulldogs open competition in the single-elimination tournament on Friday at 6 p.m., when they take on the No. 8 seed, New Jersey Institute of Technology. The Highlanders are 3-1 this spring, their only loss coming to Dartmouth on Feb. 3. Should the Bulldogs advance, they will face the winner of No. 4 seed Boston College and No. 5 seed Brown on Saturday at 6 p.m. The championship match is scheduled for Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
All matches will take place in Columbia's Dick Savitt Tennis Center. For more information about the tournament, click here.
Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity