April 10, 2004

Elis Sweep Ivy Opener Weekend with 5-2 Upset Victory Over No. 49 Penn

April 10, 2004

Yale won 5 of 6 singles matches to upset No. 49 University of Pennsylvania in New Haven. The win, combined with Yale's victory over Princeton yesterday, gives the Elis a 2-0 start to their Ivy League season. Christine Alford earned Yale's most notable win, upsetting No. 77 Nicole Ptak in straight sets at the No. 1 position.

Alford defeated Ptak 6-4, 6-4, and three of her teammates also won their singles matches without dropping a set. Karlyn Martin at the No. 2 position was a 7-6, 6-2 winner over Caroline Stanislawski, while Rashmee Patil defeated Raluca Ciochina 6-3, 6-4 at No. 5. Stephanie White, playing No. 6, bested Sara Schiffman 6-3, 6-2.

Yale's other singles victory was a three set contest between Ashley Martin and Rachel Shweky in the No. 4 match. Martin won the first set 6-1, dropped the second 6-3, then went on to win the third and decisive set 6-3.

At No. 3, Reshmi Srinath fell to Shelah Chao 6-3, 7-5.

The Bulldogs' weakness was in doubles, where the team lost all three matches. Martin and Martin fell 9-7 in a close set to Shweky and Chao, while Aimee Kim and Patil were defeated 8-5 by Ptak and Ciochina. Alford and Olivia Nix were shut out 8-0 by Sanela Kunovac and Kate Williams.

"This weekend the team came together and played to its potential," said head coach Chad Skorupka. "It was great being home and having some fan support. The season is far from over for us, so we look forward to having a great week of practices for our next match. This is a great start to the Ivy League season."

The 7-8 Bulldogs will continue their Ivy play next weekend at Cornell and Columbia.

report by Katie Baker '05, Yale Sports Publicity Deparment

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