Multiple Yalies Advance to Respective Finals at USTA Invite

Oct. 7, 2007

Flushing Meadows, NY - Freshmen Lindsay Clark and Lauren Ritz advanced to the finals of the Flight "A" doubles draw at the USTA Invite Sunday in Flushing Meadows, NY. Likewise, junior Janet Kim and sophomore Sarah Lederhandler advanced to the finals of the Flight "B" doubles draw.

Clark and Ritz started off their day Sunday with a victory in the quarterfinals over the No. 7 seed Vanessa Steiner and Francine Whu of Boston University 8-3. Facing the No. 1 seed Koulbitskaya and Rivelis of Penn, Clark and Ritz pulled off the 8-6 upset to advance to the finals.

Kim and Lederhandler defeated Suydam and Winningham of Dartmouth 8-4 in the quarterfinals before cruising to an 8-1 victory over Conovan and Makarova of Columbia in the semifinals.

In the Flight "A" singles draw, Kim fell at the hands of the No. 1 seed in the quarterfinals. Elze Potgieter of Texas A&M handed Kim a 6-0, 7-5 loss Sunday. Freshman Stevi Petrelli won her consolation Flight "A" singles match over Penn St.'s Jenny Shular 7-6, 6-4.

In the Flight "B" singles draw, Lederhandler fell to the No. 8 seed Julia Roach of NC St. 7-5, 6-3. Fellow sophomore Jessica Rhee defeated Sam Rosekrans of Harvard 6-4, 6-3.

In addition to her doubles success, Clark advanced to the finals of the Flight "C" Singles draw with two victories Sunday. Clark defeated Natasha Makarova of Columbia 6-2, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Clark rolled to a 6-1, 6-3 win over Alexa Ely of Penn.

In the other consolation action, senior Lindsey Dashiell and Lilian Nguyen won in their Flight "B" doubles match 8-2 over Christenson and Hendry of Columbia. Nguyen also found success in her Flight "B" Singles match with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Katlyn Haycock of Syracuse.

Head Coach Danielle Lund said she was pleased with the team's results in the tournament.

"We had a lot of highlights," she said. "I'm very happy. We have half our team still left which is always a good thing."

Report Filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity