No. 44 Yale Defeats Columbia 7-0

No. 44 Yale Defeats Columbia 7-0

April 11, 2009

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Since dropping their Ivy League opener, the No. 44 Bulldogs have been on a role en route to winning four straight matches. Yale did not drop a single set and improved to 4-1 in the Ivy League with a 7-0 victory over Columbia Saturday at home. With the victory, the Bulldogs extended their home winning streak to 19 matches.

Yale swept its three doubles matches to claim the doubles point. At the No. 1 doubles spot, freshman Vicky Brook and sophomore Lindsay Clark made quick work of opponents Natasha Makarova and Nina Suda en route to an 8-1 victory. Senior Janet Kim and junior Jessica Rhee pulled out an 8-5 win at No. 2 doubles over Eliza Matche and Mariena Hall. Playing No. 3 doubles, senior Lilian Nguyen and sophomore Stevi Petrelli cruised to an 8-3 win over Carling Donovan and Natalia Christenson.

The singles matches were no different for the Bulldogs. With a large crowd on hand at the Cullman-Heyman Center on alumnae weekend, Yale rolled to straight set victories at No. 1 through No. 6 singles.

Kim, the 124th ranked singles player in the country, won 6-3, 6-3 over Makarova at No. 1 singles. Playing No. 2 singles, Rhee prevailed 6-2, 6-4 over Nicole Stanziola. Brook maintained her undefeated Ivy League record with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Matche at No. 3 singles.

At the No. 4 singles spot, Clark cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 win. Petrelli dropped only one game in her 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 5 singles over Suda. Nguyen rolled to a 6-0, 6-3 win over Christenson at No. 6 singles.

Fans were treated to a celebrity doubles match exhibition between the doubles and singles point. Yale basketball's Ross Morin and Chris Andrews defeated Yale football's Bobby Abare and Larry Abare 11-9 in a doubles tiebreaker.

Yale's victory over Columbia improved its overall mark to 13-5. The Bulldogs will be back in action for their home finale next Friday against Dartmouth.

Complete Results
1. No. 124 Janet Kim (Y) def. Natasha Makarova (C), 6-3, 6-3
2. Jessica Rhee (Y) def. Nicole Stanziola (C), 6-2, 6-4
3. Vicky Brook (Y) def. Eliza Matache (C), 6-1, 6-2
4. Lindsay Clark (Y) def. Carling Donovan (C), 6-2, 6-0
5. Stevi Petrelli (Y) def. Nina Suda (C), 6-1, 6-0
6. Lilian Nguyen (Y) def. Natalia Christenson (C), 6-0, 6-3

1. Brook / Clark (Y) def. Makarova / Suda (C), 8-1
2. Kim / Rhee (Y) def. Matche / Hall (C), 8-5
3. Nguyen / Petrelli (Y) def. Donovan / Christenson (C), 8-3

Report Filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity

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