Team Honors Lynch and Yu
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – At an end-of-season banquet last week, the Yale women's tennis team honored two players with awards for their achievements in the 2013-14 year. Freshman Caroline Lynch (Dublin, Ireland) received the team's Special Contribution Award, while junior Hanna Yu (Northbrook, Ill.) was named Most Improved and won the Lisa Rosenblum Award for most valuable player. Yu was also elected captain at the event.
No. 48 Yale (14-8, 6-1 Ivy League) finished its spring season second in the Ivy League, ceding the championship for the first time in four years. The Bulldogs won their last six matches of the season and had major wins over then-No. 33 Columbia and then-No. 47 Harvard, but ultimately handed over the Ivy League title to Princeton, who went undefeated in League play. Outside of the Ivy League, the Bulldogs saw success at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, where they upset then-No. 28 Tulsa, and the Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic, where they defeated then-No. 75 Tulane.
Lynch, this year's recipient of the Special Contribution Award, went 4-2 at singles in the spring and made two appearances for the Bulldogs in Ivy League competition. In the fall, she won her first-ever match against Virginia Tech in the Bulldog Invite. Lynch played doubles with five different teammates over the course of the season and was a positive force for the team from her first day. The Special Contribution Award is granted "to a special person who has contributed much more than tennis and whose presence was vital to the spirit of the women's tennis team."
Lynch is a resident of Jonathan Edwards College and has not yet declared her major. She attended Rathdown School in Dublin, Ireland.
In addition to being named captain, Yu was also honored with the Most Improved and Lisa Rosenblum Awards. 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. At doubles, she went 2-1 in Ivy League play with sophomore Ree Ree Li.
Yale's 2014-15 captain is an economics major and a resident of Silliman College. Prior to Yale she attended Glenbrook North High School.
The Lisa Rosenblum Award is named after Lisa Rosenblum '75, who went 43-2 at singles for Yale, won four New England Intercollegiate championships, and was a part of three Ivy championship teams. The team's Most Improved Player Award is the only award for which the coaches make the selection. The other two awards, the Special Contribution Award and the Lisa Rosenblum Award, rely on team voting.
Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity