August 1, 2013

Yale Looks to Defend Ivy League Title Against a Busy Schedule

Yale Hosts Bulldog Invitational in the Fall; Spring Stretch Promises New Opponents

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A new season and new challenges await a Yale women's tennis team fresh off a third straight Ivy League Championship.  These challenges will come early and often, as the Bulldogs are scheduled to participate in a slew of high-profile events starting in the fall.  As for the regular season in the spring, fitness and endurance may be the theme, as the Bulldogs are scheduled to play up to 27 matches over a 14-week span.  As always, however, the defending Ivy League champions will aim to rise to these challenges and reach for victory yet again. 

The final slate of dates, times and opponents is yet to be finalized, but the calendar is already shaping up to be a thrilling one for the squad.  While a few of the veteran members of the squad may be selected to take part in the prestigious Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American Championships, the first time the fans will get a look at the full 2013-14 squad is right at home for the Bulldog Invitational.  This tournament begins on Oct. 4.  Following this event, the Bulldogs will test their skills against the best in the Northeast at the ITA Regional Championships and then travel to Chicago for the Northwestern Invite.

The second half of the season will begin much like the first, as the Bulldogs host yet another multi-team event, the Yale Classic.  After the Yale Classic, which kicks off Jan. 17, the Bulldogs will fight their way through a busy schedule, making some significant stops along the way, such as the selective Blue-Gray Invite, before mounting their Ivy League title defense in April.  The squad's first Ancient Eight match is on Apr. 4 against Princeton. 

At the helm of the Yale squad is head coach Danielle McNamara, assisted by Kirsten Flower.  Leading her fellow teammates is captain Annie Sullivan, the sole senior on the team.  Freshmen Sherry Li and Caroline Lynch are the newest members on the roster.

Here is a closer look at the Yale women's tennis 2013-14 schedule:

 

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity