NEW HAVEN, Conn. —The No. 52-ranked Yale women's tennis team (8-7) will begin Ivy League competition this weekend with home matches against Princeton and Penn. The Bulldogs have won three consecutive Ivy titles and will be looking to kickstart their campaign for a fourth.
Under the leadership of senior captain Annie Sullivan, the Bulldogs begin the season having already recorded wins over ranked teams like No. 19 Tulsa and No. 58 Brigham Young. Sophomore Madeleine Hamilton, last year's Ivy League Rookie of the Year and a first team All-Ivy selection, has cemented her role at No. 1 singles, while new contributors like freshman Sherry Li and sophomore Ree Ree Li, who missed much of last season due to injury, have become mainstays in the lineup. Yale opens Ivy League play as the No. 3-ranked team in an unusually strong League —Columbia ranks No. 36 nationally, while Harvard comes just behind at No. 39.
Yale's opponents for the weekend have already begun their Ivy League seasons; in both team's first match, Princeton defeated Penn at home on Mar. 29. The Tigers are 12-5 on the season but 1-4 on the road, with one of those four road losses coming on Jan. 28 against the nation's then-No. 1 team, Stanford. The Quakers, for their part, have gone 7-5 with a less challenging schedule than the Tigers. They defeated then-No. 57 Penn State on Feb. 16 in their only win over a ranked opponent.
The Bulldogs will play Princeton on Friday and Penn on Saturday. Both matches are at 2:00 p.m.
Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity