Bulldogs Open Season In New Jersey

Sept. 17, 2006

PRINCETON, N.J. - The Yale women's tennis team kicked off its season this weekend in New Jersey with a successful showing at the Princeton/Farnsworth Invitational. Yale defeated Rutgers in doubles on Friday and swept the Scarlet Knights in singles on Sunday. The Bulldogs also picked up a 4-1 win over Princeton on Sunday in singles play.

Playing at No. 1 singles for the entire tournament, Janet Kim went undefeated. On Saturday, she snuck by Julie Blackmore of Ohio State in a tiebreaker, 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (5) and easily handled Andrea Novaceanu of Buffalo, 6-1, 6-2. Sunday, Kim picked up where she left off, defeating Ivana King of Princeton 6-3, 6-1 and Rutgers' Katrina Elder-Bush 8-3.

"I'm really pleased," said Head Coach Danielle Lund. "Janet Kim played at No. 1 for us, and won them all. I think we're in a really good spot right now."

Lund also noted that she was very impressed with the play of the two freshmen on the team, Sarah Lederhandler and Jessica Rhee. Rhee picked up singles wins against Buffalo's Maggie Nenova, 7-5, 6-3 on Saturday, Princeton's Blakely Ashley, 6-4, 6-3, on Sunday, and Rutgers' Dana Gordon, 8-4, also on Sunday. Lederhandler breezed through her Sunday singles matches, thrashing Laura Trimble of Princeton, 6-3, 6-4 and Arlak 8-1.

"I was really impressed with how the freshmen handled their nerves," Lund said.

Lund also noted that, in her opinion, the team's most impressive performance was Sunday's 4-1 win over Princeton. The only loss came in a hard-fought match by Christine Alford at No. 4. Alford lost to Kelly Stewart in a tiebreaker, 1-6, 6-4, 1-0 (8).

The Bulldogs are back in action next weekend at the University of Maryland's Maryland invite in College Park.

Results:

Fri., Sept. 15

Doubles

Yale v. Princeton
No. 1 Sarah Huah and Ivana King (P) def. Jessica Rhee and Janet Kim (Y), 8-5
No. 2 Blakely Ashley and Kelly Stewart (P) def. Olivia Nix and Sarah Lederhandler (Y), 8-4
No. 3 Christine Alford and Lilian Nguyen (Y) def. Darcy Robertson and Kristen Scott (P), 8-4

Yale v. Rutgers
No. 1 Jessica Rhee and Janet Kim (Y) def. Katrina Elder-Bush and Dana Gordon (R), 8-5
No. 2 Olivia Nix and Sarah Lederhandler (Y) def. Lauren Edelschein and Katherine Arlak (R), 8-5
No. 3 Anela Dujsic and Christine Tran (R) def. Christine Alford and Lilian Nguyen (Y), 9-8 (2)

Yale/Princeton v. Ohio State
No. 1 Julie Blackmore and Ally Mueller (OSU) def. Rhee and Alford (Y), 8-6
No. 2 Angela DiPastina and Christina Keesey (OSU) def. Lindsey Dashiell and Kim (Y), 8-4
No. 3 Ciara Finucane and Julie Voss (OSU) def. Lederhandler and Nguyen (Y), 8-5
No. 4 Kristin Messmer and Sarah Kinning (OSU) def. Kristen Scott and Laura Trimble (P), 9-7

Yale/Princeton v. Buffalo
No. 1 Rhee and Kim (Y) def. Maggie Nenova and Denise Harijarto (B), 9-8 (3)
No. 2 Andrea Novaceanu and Tina Jacob (B) def. Alford and Lederhandler (Y), 8-5
No. 3 Natalie Deen and Smaranda Stan (B) def. Dashiell and Nguyen (Y), 9-7
No. 4 Kristen Scott and Laura Trimble (P) def. Kat Fisher and Diana Toia (B), 8-6

Sat., Sept. 16

Singles

Yale v. Ohio State
Janet Kim (Y) def. Julie Blackmore (OSU), 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (5)
Angela DiPastina (OSU) def. Jessica Rhee (Y), 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (8)
Julie Voss (OSU) def. Sarah Lederhandler (Y), 6-1, 6-3
Kristin Messmer (OSU) def. Christine Alford (Y), 6-4, 6-0
Christina Keesey (OSU) def. Lilian Nguyen (Y), 6-2, 7-5

Yale/Princeton v. Buffalo
Janet Kim (Y) def. Andrea Novaceanu (B), 6-1, 6-2
Jessica Rhee (Y) def. Maggie Nenova (B), 7-5, 6-3
Denise Harijarto (B) def. Sarah Lederhandler (Y), 6-4, 7-5
Natalie Deen (B) def. Christine Alford (Y), 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (3)
Smaranda Stan (B) def. Oliva Nix (Y), 6-2, 3-0, ret (inj)
Kelly Stewart (P) def. Kat Fisher (B), 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (8)
Kristen Scott (P) def. Diana Toia (B), 4-6, 6-0, 1-0 (3)

Sun., Sept. 17

Singles

Yale v. Princeton
Janet Kim (Y) def. Ivana King (P), 6-3, 6-1
Jessica Rhee (Y) def. Blakely Ashley (P), 6-4, 6-3
Sarah Lederhandler (Y) def. Laura Trimble (P), 6-3, 6-4
Kelly Stewart (P) def. Christine Alford (Y), 1-6, 6-4, 1-0 (8)
Lilian Nguyen (Y) def. Joanna Roth (P), 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (6)

Yale v. Rutgers
Janet Kim (Y) def. Katrina Elder-Bush (R), 8-3
Jessica Rhee (Y) def. Dana Gordon (R), 8-4
Sarah Lederhandler (Y) def. Katherine Arlak (R), 8-1
Christine Alford (Y) def. Caitlin Baker (R), 8-2
Lilian Nguyen (Y) def. Christine Tran (R), 8-3

Report filed by David Sherfinski '08, Yale Sports Publicity