February 1, 2009

Bulldogs Shut Out Red Storm

Feb. 1, 2009

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2005 with a 7-0 victory over the Red Storm of St. John's Sunday at the Cullman-Heyman Center. The victory extended Yale's home winning streak to 16 matches.

To capture the doubles point, Yale dropped no doubles matches. The Bulldogs only dropped one set in their six singles victories.

At No. 1 singles, senior Janet Kim rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 victory. Junior Jessica Rhee cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles. Playing No. 3 singles, junior Sarah Lederhandler defeated opponent Ece Firat 6-3, 6-4.

Sophomore Stevi Petrelli pulled out a 7-5-, 6-3 win at No. 4 singles. In her first match of this season, sophomore Lauren Ritz won 6-3, 7-5 over Nakita Austin at No. 5 singles. Playing the No. 6 singles spot, senior Lilian Nguyen battled to a 4-6, 7-5, 10-7 victory.

At No. 1 doubles, Kim and Rhee won 8-1. Petrelli and Lederhandler defeated their opponents 8-3 at No. 2 doubles. Playing No. 3 doubles, Nguyen and Ritz pulled out an 8-5 victory.

Results
Singles
1. Janet Kim (Y) def. Ira Aleksova (S), 6-1, 6-0
2. Jessica Rhee (Y) def. Ksenia Mikhaylova (S), 6-0, 6-1
3. Sarah Lederhandler (Y) def. Ece Firat (S), 6-3, 6-4
4. Stevi Petrelli (Y) def. Joanna Zwirbulis (S), 7-5, 6-3
5. Lauren Ritz (Y) def. Nakita Austin (S), 6-3, 7-5
6. Lilian Nguyen (Y) def. Jenny Yonkus (S), 4-6, 7-5, 10-7

Doubles
1. Kim / Rhee (Y) def. Aleksova / Yonkus (S), 8-1
2. Petrelli / Lederhandler (Y) def. Zwirbulis / Firat (S), 8-3
3. Nguyen / Ritz (Y) def. Mikhaylova / Gasiunaite (S), 8-5

Report Filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity