Epstein Looks for Third Straight Championship
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 37-ranked Yale women's tennis team will play Brown in its last match of the regular season Saturday for a chance at a third consecutive Ivy League title. The Bulldogs are currently second in the league and would share the championship with No. 57 Columbia.
Yale (16-3, 5-1 Ivy League) is looking to bounce back after an upset loss to Harvard on the road last weekend. Despite the result, the Bulldogs looked strong in places; senior captain Elizabeth Epstein, who currently ranks No. 75 in the country at singles, found an easy win at No. 1, while junior Annie Sullivan fought hard to preserve her perfect record at No. 3. Prior to the Harvard match, the Bulldogs were on a seven-match winning streak that dated to March 17.
A key to the Bulldogs' success this weekend will be the doubles game, one of their traditional strong suits. This season, Yale has used 15 different doubles pairs in 19 matches, winning the point 13 times. Epstein and Sullivan have been the team's most successful pair, posting a 9-4 record playing mostly at No. 1. Last weekend against the Crimson, Sullivan paired with freshman Courtney Amos to give the Bulldogs a win at No. 3.
Brown (7-11, 1-4) stands at seventh in the Ivy League, its only win coming against Dartmouth on April 21. Freshman Hannah Camhi has won her last two matches at No. 2 singles and will likely face Yale's own freshman star Madeleine Hamilton.
The match is scheduled for Saturday at 12 p.m.
Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity