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No. 35 Bulldogs to Face Dartmouth, Harvard for Shot at Ivy Title

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

Yale to Host Dartmouth on Senior Day 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. The No. 35-ranked Yale women's tennis team has a busy weekend planned, hosting Dartmouth Friday before traveling to Harvard on Sunday. With wins in both matches, the Bulldogs would clinch their third straight Ivy League Championship.

Yale (15-2, 4-0 Ivy League) is on a six-match winning streak and currently sits atop the Ivy League. The Bulldogs have already taken down two of their toughest in-conference opponents, No. 73 Princeton (April 4) and No. 65 Columbia (April 14). In their four Ivy wins, the team has claimed the doubles point three times and won 18 of 24 singles matches.  

Friday's match against Dartmouth (8-7, 1-3) is Senior Day for captain Elizabeth Epstein and Sarah Guzick. Epstein, who plays No. 1 singles, ranks 67th in the country and has won the Lisa Rosenblum award (given to the team's most valuable player) two consecutive seasons. Guzick, who plays Nos. 5 and 6 singles, is an especially strong doubles player and compiled an 11-1 record this fall.  

On the importance of her seniors Head Coach Danielle McNamara commented, "They've been huge contributors to the success of our program and tremendous leaders on and off court…they're going to be greatly missed."  

If the Bulldogs were to win on Friday, Sunday's match at Harvard (10-6, 2-2) would be an early opportunity for Yale to clinch the Ivy title. The Bulldogs will face tough competition from the Crimson's No. 2 singles player, freshman Amy He, who currently boasts a 10-3 record at No. 2. Fellow freshman Amanda Lin is on at 12-match winning streak at No. 6 and will likely face freshman Courtney Amos, who is undefeated in conference play. While Harvard leads Yale 25-19 in all-time meetings, the Bulldogs have won the last three, each by a score of 6-1.

Friday's match, the Bulldogs' last at home this season, is slated for 2 p.m. On Sunday, Yale will travel to Harvard for another 2 p.m. meeting. 

Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity