Sullivan to Begin Play at Riviera/ITA All-American Championships

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

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – With the prequalifying round of the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships now completed, Yale women's tennis senior captain Annie Sullivan is set to enter the tournament in its qualifying round. Sullivan will join a field of 64 in a single elimination competition that produces eight entrants to the tournament's main draw. Sullivan, who competed in the doubles qualifying round of last year's All-American Championships alongside Elizabeth Epstein '12, faces North Carolina freshman Hayley Carter in her first match.

After going 19-1 at singles last spring for the Bulldogs, Sullivan enters the season ranked No. 88 nationally. A three-time All-Ivy player, she has been a mainstay in the Bulldogs' lineup since her freshman year, while showing significant improvement over the course of her career. This will be Sullivan's first appearance in the tournament's singles competition.

Carter, a blue chip recruit out of Hilton Head Island, S.C., made her way to the qualifying round after three consecutive wins in the prequalifying bracket. ITA's preseason rankings placed her fourth among freshmen and newcomers, as she looks to be a key component of a strong Tarheels team that finished last season ranked No. 4 nationally. 

Sullivan is the only Yale player in the tournament; sophomore Madeleine Hamilton (ranked No. 118 nationally) received a bid in the prequalifying round but declined due to injury. 

Sullivan's first match is slated for Tuesday at 10:45 a.m. local time. Should she win, she will face the winner of the match between Duke's Ester Goldfeld and Illinois's Allison Falkin on Tuesday afternoon.

Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity