Hamilton Named Ivy League Rookie of the Year; Epstein, Sullivan Also Honored

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Madeleine Hamilton. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Earn Three All-Ivy Singles Honors, One All-Ivy Doubles Honor 

NEW HAVEN, Conn.  – Thursday the Ivy League announced its 2013 All-Ivy Women's Tennis awards, naming freshman Madeleine Hamilton (Greensboro, N.C.) the league's Rookie of the Year. Two other Bulldogs, senior captain Elizabeth Epstein (Chicago, Ill.) and junior Annie Sullivan (Deerfield, Ill.) also received recognition, with Epstein joining Hamilton on first team All-Ivy, and Sullivan making the cut for second team. Epstein and Sullivan, as a pair, were also named second team All-Ivy at doubles.  

Hamilton has been a key to the Bulldogs' success this season, having started out at No. 1 singles before settling into the No. 2 position. She has a 13-6 record overall, and a 6-1 record in Ivy play. Prior to coming to Yale, the North Carolina native attended Page High School, where she was a North Carolina High School Tennis All-American and ranked No. 19 nationally. Hamilton is Yale's first Rookie of the Year since Cynthia Obsitnik '01. 

Epstein, a unanimous pick for first team All-Ivy, is a veteran to the award; this is her second straight season on the list. Like Hamilton, she has played Nos. 1 and 2 singles this season and boasts a 14-6 record. Epstein is also a two-time recipient of Yale women's tennis's Lisa Rosenblum Award, given to the team's most valuable player. 

Sullivan's award serves as well-deserved recognition for her perfect singles record this season. After beginning the season playing Nos. 4 and 5, she switched to No. 3 in March, where she remained for the rest of the season. She has 19 wins and one unfinished match in 20 appearances.  

Epstein and Sullivan went 9-4 together at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles this season. The pair had a crucial win at No. 1 against DePaul on Mar. 10 that helped the Bulldogs clinch the doubles point in an eventual 4-3 win. Both players are versatile doubles partners, with Epstein have played with five different teammates this season, and Sullivan four.  

The Ivy League Player of the Year Award went to Columbia's Nicole Bartnik for the second straight year. Yale and Columbia shared the Ivy League title this season. The Bulldogs earned the Ivy League's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament and will begin play on May 11 with a match against No. 22 Georgia Tech at Florida. 

Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity