No. 72 Yale Defeats No. 54 Western Michigan

No. 72 Yale Defeats No. 54 Western Michigan

Feb. 7, 2009

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - No. 72 Yale improved to 4-0 this season with a 4-3 victory over No. 54 Western Michigan Saturday in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Bulldogs won the doubles point in the victory.

At No. 1 doubles, senior Janet Kim and junior Jessica Rhee pulled out an 8-2 victory. Freshman Vicky Brook and sophomore Stevi Petrelli won 8-5 at No. 2 doubles.

Yale also won singles matches at No. 2, 3 and 4. At No. 2 singles, Rhee rolled to a 6-3, 6-3 win. Brook cruised to a 7-5, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles. Playing No. 4 singles, junior Sarah Lederhandler defeated her opponent 6-3, 6-2.

These three matches were the first three matches to finish, so Yale clinched the victory before any other match result was decided. Yale lost the other three matches all in three sets.

The Bulldogs will face No. 18 Michigan Sunday in Ann Arbor in a homecoming of sorts for Yale head coach Danielle Lund McNamara, who helped Michigan to its first Big Ten Championship in 1997 as a player before coming to Yale and leading the Bulldogs to an Ivy League title last season.

McNamara captained Michigan as a junior and senior, was All-Big Ten in 1999 and was the Big Ten Sportswoman of the Year in 2001. She is the only player in Michigan history to qualify for all three Grand Slam collegiate events (All-American, National Indoors and the NCAA Championships).

Singles competition
1. Kerstin Pahl (WMU) def. Janet Kim (YALE) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
2. Jessica Rhee (YALE) def. Emily Dudzik (WMU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Vicky Brook (YALE) def. Ashley Moccia (WMU) 7-5, 6-2
4. Sarah Lederhandler (YALE) def. Amanda Moccia (WMU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Yumi Matsuto (WMU) def. Stevi Petrelli (YALE) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-6)
6. Rachel Denny (WMU) def. Lauren Ritz (YALE) 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (10-1)

Doubles competition
1. Janet Kim/Jessica Rhee (YALE) def. Emily Dudzik/Yumi Matsuto (WMU) 8-2
2. Vicky Brook/Stevi Petrelli (YALE) def. Ashley Moccia/Jenny Nalepa (WMU) 8-5
3. Amanda Moccia/Kerstin Pahl (WMU) def. Lindsay Clark/Sarah Lederhandler (YALE) 8-2

Match Notes
Yale 4-0; National ranking #72
Western Michigan 5-3; National ranking #54
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,2,4,1,5,6)

Report Filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity