October 3, 2013

Yale Opens Season with Bulldog Invitational

Li, Lynch to Make Collegiate Debuts  

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Coming off its third-straight Ivy League title, the Yale women's tennis team will begin its fall season this weekend as it hosts seven schools in a round robin tournament. Along with Yale, the participants are Boston College, Brown, Dartmouth, Iowa, Penn State, Purdue and Virginia Tech.  

The tournament will feature team play with each matchup between teams consisting of four flights of doubles or eight flights of singles. Despite the team format, players will earn points on an individual basis, with the points allotted for each win weighted according to the match's position in the flight. Singles and doubles champions will be named at the end of the tournament. 

The extended match format of the tournament will provide the Bulldogs an opportunity to warm up for the season and test their lineup. Freshmen Sherry Li (Parkland, Fla.) and Caroline Lynch (Dublin, Ireland) will be making their collegiate debuts on the weekend. Li, a blue chip recruit who ranked No. 23 according to tennisrecruiting.net in 2013, reached the quarterfinals of the Girls' 18 National Clay Courts in 2012. Lynch is a highly anticipated recruit in her own right.  As a member of the Irish national team, she achieved a ranking as high as No. 2 in the country. 

The Bulldog Invitational will be sophomore star Madeleine Hamilton's first appearance of the season. After being named Ivy League Rookie of the Year last spring, Hamilton earned a bid in the ITA/Riviera All-American Championships' prequalifying round (Sept. 28-29) but declined due to injury. Hamilton is currently ranked No. 118 in the nation. 

Senior captain Annie Sullivan is the only other Bulldog to earn a bid in the All-American Championships this year. She recorded a 1-2 record in the qualifying round. Sullivan is ranked No. 88 nationally after an impressive 19-1 run at singles last spring. 

Sullivan is the only senior on this year's roster. The Bulldogs' junior class features Hanna Yu and Amber Li, who played mostly at Nos. 4 and 5 singles last year, respectively. Li, a particularly strong doubles player, went 10-5 last spring with Hamilton at No. 2.  

Joining Hamilton in the sophomore class are Courtney Amos and Ree Ree Li. Amos played No. 6 singles for the Bulldogs last spring and recorded an 8-3 record. Li missed much of the season due to injury but is set to make her return this weekend.  

The Bulldogs begin the tournament Friday at 1 p.m. with a doubles match against Purdue. Immediately following, they will take on Virginia Tech in singles. 

Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity 

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