Li and Lynch Come to Yale with Impressive Accomplishments
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – On the heels of a season that included a third straight Ivy League title and a third straight NCAA tournament appearance, among other achievements, the Yale women's tennis team is saying farewell to a pair of valuable players in Elizabeth Epstein '13 and Sarah Guzick '13. Fortunately, however, the talent of the two incoming freshmen in the class of 2017 bodes well for the continued success of the team in the upcoming season.
Sherry Li and Caroline Lynch have both had success at the national and international level, and they will bring their experiences to an accomplished Yale squad coached by Danielle McNamara and led by captain Annie Sullivan. Other returning players for the Bulldogs are juniors Amber Li and Hanna Yu and sophomores Courtney Amos, Madeleine Hamilton and Ree Ree Li.
Sherry Li hails from sunny Florida, where she proved her mettle among both the Sunshine State's and the nation's best players. Success at such events as the 2012 National Clay Courts has seen her rise the ranks to become one of the most highly rated Blue Chip recruits in the country.
Lynch comes to Yale as one of the most highly touted junior players from Ireland. In addition to working her way into the upper echelons of the Irish junior national rankings in the Under 18 and Under 16 divisions, Lynch has represented Ireland as a member of the National Team.
As a testament to the strength of the incoming freshman class, the results of the voting for the top 25 women's recruiting classes in the nation for 2013 reveal that Yale came in at the No. 24 spot.
Here is a closer look at the newest members of the Yale women's tennis team:
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Rated a Blue Chip recruit … Ranked as high as No. 23 by tennisrecruiting.net in 2013 … Career high WTA ranking of 884 in singles … Reached the quarterfinals of the Girls' 18 National Clay Courts in 2012 as an unseeded player.
Member of the Irish National Team … Has represented Ireland in Four Nations & European Winter Head Cups … Has been ranked as high as No. 2 in Ireland in the Under 18 and Under 16 divisions … Finalist in the National Singles Championships in 2011 and 2012.
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity