April 9, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - No. 44 Yale will look to continue its success from last weekends road sweep of No. 46 Princeton and Penn when it hosts Cornell and Columbia this Friday and Saturday. The Bulldogs will look to improve upon their 11-5 record this season.
Last Friday, Yale pulled out a 4-3 win over No. 46 Princeton to bounce back from a season opening 4-3 loss to Brown the weekend before. The Bulldogs completed the road sweep when they rolled to a 6-1 win over Penn on Saturday to improve to 2-1 in the Ivy League.
Over spring break, the Bulldogs traveled to Texas where they posted a 2-1 record. Yale's other four losses this season have all come against teams ranked in the top 30 of the ITA national rankings.
Last year en route to their undefeated Ivy League season, the Bulldogs rolled to road victories over both Cornell and Columbia. The Bulldogs defeated Columbia 6-1 and Cornell 6-1.
Two years ago, it was much the same for the Bulldogs. In home matches against Columbia and Cornell, Yale defeated Columbia 6-1 and Cornell 7-0.
Friday's match against Cornell will be part of a day's worth of festivities for parent's night to honor the support of the parents of the players on the women's tennis team.
The coaches and players of the Yale women's tennis team will be celebrating a reunion weekend this weekend in conjunction with the Ivy League home openers. The team will celebrate with women's tennis alumnae on Saturday.
Celebrity Athlete Tie-Breaker
Between doubles and singles matches on Saturday, the Bulldogs will hold a celebrity athlete tiebreaker between members of the basketball and football team. 2008 Yale football captain Bobby Abare and his brother and teammate Larry Abare will take on 2008-09 Yale basketball captain Ross Morin and teammate Chris Andrews in a tiebreaker between the Saturday doubles and singles matches.
Yale won this season's ECAC Championships. As the No. 1 seed, the Bulldogs traveled to Hanover to compete against six of the seven other Ivy League teams. Yale received a first round bye before defeating Dartmouth 5-2 in the semifinals. The Bulldogs pulled out a 4-3 win over Princeton in the finals.
Seven of Yale's 19 spring semester opponents were nationally ranked in preseason rankings (No. 12 Vanderbilt University, No. 19 University of Michigan, No. 24 University of Tennessee, No. 54 Western Michigan, No. 61 Princeton, No. 67 Penn, and No. 72 SMU).
On January 19, the Bulldogs hosted Brown in a scrimmage. The two teams did not play with full lineups, but rather, played five singles matches and three doubles matches. Senior Janet Kim, junior Jessica Rhee, and junior Sarah Lederhandler all won singles matches for Yale. The doubles teams of Kim and freshman Vicky Brook and Rhee and sophomore Stevi Petrelli won their respective doubles matches.
2008 Ivy League Champions
Yale posted an undefeated 7-0 record in the Ivy League to win its first Ivy League Title since 1989 and its first outright Ivy League Title since 1981. In their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance, the Bulldogs fell first round against No. 2 seed Georgia.
The Bulldogs finished the year with an Intercollegiate Tennis Association East region ranking of No. 6 and an ITA national ranking of No. 74. The East Regional rank of No. 6 is the highest of an Ivy League team in the end of the year rankings. The Bulldogs trailed only William & Mary, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Virginia, Marshall, and Virginia Tech in the end of the year regional rankings.
2008 Ivy League Player of the Year
Janet Kim became the first Yale player to earn the Ivy League Player of the Year award. Kim was 6-1 in league matches at No. 1 singles. For the third straight year, Kim was recognized with a first team All-Ivy singles selection. The selection was unanimous for Kim, who posted a 13-6 record. Six Returning Starters
Kim is not the only returning starter for Yale. In fact, the Bulldogs return all six singles starters from last year's Ivy League Championship team. Sophomore Lindsay Clark, who played No. 3 singles last season and was named second team All-Ivy last season, begins the year ranked No. 24 in the East regional singles rankings. Yale also returns second team All-Ivy selection junior Jessica Rhee, who played No. 2 singles last season. Junior Sarah Lederhandler, sophomore Stevi Petrelli, and sophomore Lauren Ritz played No. 4, 5, and 6 singles last season, respectively.
One New Addition
While the Bulldogs return a full squad from last year's Ivy League Championship team, they will have to make room for freshman Vicky Brook. The freshman from London, England arrived at Yale this year and had an unbelievable Fall season. Shrugging off any evidence of being a newcomer to tennis at the collegiate level, Brook jumped right in at the Cissy Leary Invitational. In the tournament, Brook advanced all the way to the finals of the Red Bracket before losing. Brook followed this performance up with an even better one at the USTA Invite. Brook won the singles VI draw in the tournament. But she saved her best for the end of the fall season. She won the Yale Invitational Blue Singles Draw, the top draw of the tournament.
Now, after completing the fall season with a 12-2 record, Brook enters the dual match season with a No. 19 ranking in the ITA East Regional rankings.
The Blue Aces Fan Club
The Blue Aces Fan Club is the official fan club for the Yale Bulldogs women's tennis team. It's free to join. The perks of membership are free food at designated home matches, the opportunity to compete in games to win prizes between doubles and singles, and the chance to win a free X-Box 360.
Youth Tennis Day at Yale
Kids of all ages and abilities are invited to the Yale vs. Dartmouth match on Friday, April 17th at 2pm.
A FREE clinic, taught by the Yale Women's Tennis Team, will be offered to all kids in attendance immediately following the match. There will also be a chance to win great prizes and get an autographed team poster.
E-mail Amanda Fish (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up!
FREE X-BOX 360!
All Blue Aces members who attend 4 or more matches will be entered into a raffle for the free X-BOX. There are only 3 more home matches (April 10, April 11 and April 17) left so mark your calendars!
Report Filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity