Arizona Calling for No. 50 Yale

Ree Ree Li. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Ree Ree Li. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Slated to Challenge No. 28 Arizona State and No. 64 Brigham Young

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's tennis team continues its spring break trek westward this week with a pair of matches in Tempe, Ariz.  The Bulldogs' destination will be the Whiteman Tennis Center, home of the Arizona State Sun Devils.  At this venue, No. 50 Yale (4-5, 0-0 Ivy) will attempt to record its first win on the road this season when the squad takes on No. 28 Arizona State (11-2, 1-0 Pac Sun) on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. MST (4:30 p.m. EDT).  Less than 24 hours after that encounter, the Bulldogs will return to the Whiteman Tennis Center for a match against No. 64 Brigham Young (4-4, 1-0 WCC) at 12:00 p.m. MST (3:00 p.m. EDT). 

After dropping its match against No. 22 Texas on Sunday, Yale will aim to summon its best form for the doubleheader in Arizona.  Through nine matches this season, the Bulldogs are 0-2 on the road.  They will look to reverse this trend when they face the Sun Devils on Thursday.  On neutral surfaces, the Bulldogs are an even 3-3; their match against Brigham Young will tilt this parity one way or the other. 

Though they were unable to pull off the upset against Texas, one positive in that match was Yale's success in doubles.  Yale's roster features the duo of sophomore Madeleine Hamilton and classmate Ree Ree Li, ranked No. 52 in the country.  Anchoring the Bulldogs' doubles efforts at the No. 2 spot is the tandem of freshman Sherry Li and junior Hanna Yu

In singles, the Bulldogs have two stalwarts, Hamilton and senior captain Annie Sullivan, at No's. 1 and 2 singles, respectively.  Sullivan is 5-1 in singles so far this season, with her lone loss coming in a tight three-set tussle against Texas on Sunday.  Yu looks to be in solid form going into the Arizona matches, as she was the only Bulldog to prevail in singles on Sunday.  Rounding out Yale's singles lineup will be Ree Ree Li, Sherry Li and junior Amber Li.

The Bulldogs will have their work cut out for them against Arizona State on Thursday, as the Sun Devils enter the match on a rich vein of form.  They have won their last five matches fairly comfortably, and have only dropped two matches overall this season.  Brigham Young will also arrive in Tempe, Ariz., on a small winning streak, having won its last two matches. 

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity