PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Yale women's tennis senior captain Annie Sullivan saw her hopes of an All-American Championship fade Tuesday as she fell in her first qualifying match to North Carolina freshman Hayley Carter.
Carter took an early lead in the match, winning the first set 6-1. Sullivan battled back in the second set, threatening to take the match to a third, but she eventually lost 6-1, 6-4. Her opponent, a blue chip recruit out of Hilton Head Island, S.C., was ranked No. 4 in her recruiting class and already boasts a tournament victory at the Duke Fab Four Invite (Sept. 17).
Sullivan, who moved into the consolation bracket after her loss, had an easier time against her opponent there, defeating Allison Falkin of Illinois 6-0, 6-0. She will face Virginia's Danielle Collins in her second consolation match on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. local time.
Sullivan is Yale's only player to compete in the ITA/Riviera All-American Championships this year. She received her bid based on her No. 88 ranking nationally, as well as her success last spring, where she led the Bulldogs in wins with a 19-1 singles record. Sophomore Madeleine Hamilton, ranked No. 118 in the most recent poll, was offered a spot in the prequalifying stage of the tournament but declined due to injury.
Yale opens its season in full this weekend as it hosts Virginia Tech, Boston College, Dartmouth, Brown, Purdue, Iowa and Penn State at the Bulldog Invitational. Matches begin on Friday.
Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity