NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale women's tennis team has elected Hanna Yu (Northbrook, Ill.), a rising senior and 2014 All-Ivy selection, captain for the 2014-15 season. Yu was selected by her teammates at an end-of-season banquet last week and will take over for fellow Illinoisan Annie Sullivan '14. The Bulldogs finished the season 14-8 (6-1 Ivy) and took second place in the Ivy League, ending a three-year championship run.
"The captains in the past have all been great leaders, and I hope to continue to uphold the tradition and improve this successful program," Yu commented. Yale ranked as highly as No. 32 in the country this season, with major wins over No. 28 Tulsa and No. 33 Columbia. The Bulldogs finished the season on a six-match winning streak.
Like Sullivan before her, Yu takes on the captain role after a season of great personal success. Beginning the fall playing mostly at No. 4, Yu transitioned into the No. 2 and eventually No. 1 role, where she played the last five matches of the season and went 4-1. Overall, she went 24-6 at singles and 5-2 in Ivy League competition, earning first team All-Ivy recognition for her dominant play. Along with being elected captain, Yu was named the team's Most Improved Player and received the Lisa Rosenblum Award for most valuable player.
Yu has been a key contributor to the Yale team since her first season with the Bulldogs. As a freshman, she played Nos. 2 and 3 singles, going 26-10 overall and 5-2 in Ivy League competition. With Vicky Brook '12, she played No. 1 doubles and ranked as highly as No. 16 nationally. During her sophomore season, Yu continued her strong play, going 25-10 at singles and 6-1 in the Ivy League at No. 4. She has played in every single Ivy League match during her time as a Bulldog.
Looking forward to the prospect of reclaiming the Ivy League title, Yu commented, "I am so humbled and honored to be elected to lead such a great group of girls who are not only great competitors on the court but also amazing people off the court. I am beyond excited for next season, and I am very confident that we will accomplish great things."
Yu is an economics major and a resident of Silliman College. Before Yale, she attended Glenbrook North High School.
Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity