No. 35 Bulldogs Fall to Harvard, 5-2

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

Sullivan Remains Perfect at No. 3

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sunday the No. 35-ranked Yale women's tennis team saw its first Ivy League loss this season come at the hands of rival Harvard. The Bulldogs conceded the doubles point but won two singles matches. 

Yale (16-3, 5-1 Ivy League) battled through three close doubles matches to start the day. At No. 1, senior captain Elizabeth Epstein and sophomore Hanna Yu paired for just the second time this season and kept Harvard's Amanda Lin and Hideko Tachibana even for most of the match but eventually fell in a tiebreaker. Freshman Madeleine Hamilton and sophomore Amber Li, who have an 8-5 record together this season, also lost a close match at No. 2. The Bulldogs avoided the sweep with a strong performance from freshman Courtney Amos and junior Annie Sullivan, who were playing together for the first time this season. 

At singles, the Crimson claimed four of six points, but two Bulldogs had a great day. Epstein, currently ranked No. 67 in the country, defeated Tachibana in two quick sets at No. 1, while Sullivan eked out a victory over Kristin Norton at No. 3. Sullivan remains undefeated this season at singles with 18 wins under her belt. 

The Bulldogs have one match remaining in the season and currently stand at second in the Ivy League behind Columbia (12-5, 6-1). With a win over Brown, they could claim a share of the Ivy League title for the third straight year. That match is scheduled for 12 p.m. Saturday.

Results

Doubles:
1. Tachibana/Lin (H) def. Epstein/Yu (Y) 9-8(7)
2. Norton/Li (H) def. Hamilton/A. Li (Y) 8-6
3. Amos/Sullivan (Y) def. Kong/Morrill (H) 8-6

Singles:
1. Epstein (Y) def. Tachibana (H) 6-1, 6-4
2. He (H) def. Hamilton (Y) 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(7)
3. Sullivan (Y) def. Norton (H) 7-6(3), 7-5
4. Kong (H) def. Yu (Y) 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
5. Li (H) def. A. Li (Y) 6-2, 7-5
6. Lin (H) def. Amos (Y) 6-1, 6-0

Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity

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