No. 44 Yale Tops Dartmouth 6-1

Jessica Rhee
Jessica Rhee

April 17, 2009

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - No. 44 Yale improved to 5-1 in the Ivy League and 14-5 overall while extending its home winning streak to 20 matches with a 6-1 victory over Dartmouth Friday. The win put the Bulldogs one victory away from clinching their second straight Ivy League Title and second straight NCAA Tournament Berth.

On a day where Yale celebrated the careers of seniors Janet Kim and Lilian Nguyen, it was the underclassmen who shined for the Bulldogs.

Yale won matches at No. 2 through No. 6 singles and won the doubles point as well. At No. 2 singles, junior Jessica Rhee rolled to a 6-3, 6-0 win. Freshman Vicky Brook cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 win at the No. 3 singles spot. Playing No. 4 singles, sophomore Lindsay Clark won 6-3, 6-0. Sophomore Stevi Petrelli took care of business in straight sets with a 6-2, 6-2 victory. At No. 6 singles, junior Sarah Lederhandler pulled out a 7-6 (5), 6-1 victory.

The Bulldogs won matches at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to win the doubles point. At No. 2 doubles, Janet Kim and Jessica Rhee rolled to an 8-1 victory. Petrelli and Lederhandler battled to a 9-7 win at No. 3 doubles.

Because Brown lost to Harvard 4-3 Friday, Yale finds itself in complete control of its own destiny. A win Sunday over Harvard in Cambridge will guarantee the Bulldogs their second straight NCAA Tournament Berth.

A win would also guarantee Yale its second straight Ivy League Title, albeit this title could very well be a split championship. Because Princeton is also 5-1 in the Ivy League, Princeton would split the Ivy League Championship with Yale if both teams were to win Sunday. The Bulldogs would earn the NCAA Tournament Berth based on head-to-head record. Yale defeated Princeton 4-3 back on April 3.

Complete Results
1. Molly Scott (D) def. Janet Kim (Y), 4-6, 6-1, 7-5
2. Jessica Rhee (Y) def. Mary Beth Winingham (D), 6-3, 6-0
3. Vicky Brook (Y) def. Jesse Adler (D), 6-2, 6-0
4. Lindsay Clark (Y) def. Georgiana Smyser (D), 6-3, 6-0
5. Stevi Petrelli (Y) def. Carley Markovitz (D), 6-2, 6-2
6. Sarah Lederhandler (Y) def. Ryan Reichel (D), 7-6 (5), 6-1

1. Winingham / Scott (D) def. Brook / Clark (Y), 9-7
2. Kim / Rhee (Y) def. Adler / Smyser (D), 8-1
3. Petrelli / Lederhandler (Y) def. King / Zak (D), 9-7

Report Filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity