May 7, 2007
New Haven, CT - The Bulldogs (11-8, 6-1 Ivy) concluded their season with a second place finish in the Ivy League, their highest finish in the Ivy League since 2004. The season included an undefeated home record of 6-0, a national ranking of No. 67, and a victory over Harvard for the first time since 2001.
Yale earned a national ranking twice on the season, the first time the Bulldogs have been national ranked since 2004. The Bulldogs took on a challenging schedule and came away with victories over ranked opponent Boston University, Cal State Northridge, Princeton, and Cornell. The toughness of Yale's schedule did cause the Bulldogs to lose seven matches to highly competitive ranked opponents.
Head Coach Danielle Lund, in her first year as the head coach of the Bulldogs, said she was pleased with Yale's season.
"I'm very excited about our team's accomplishments this year," Lund said. "We definitely squeezed every ounce of potential out of our team and their hard work really paid off. We're looking to build of the positives from this year and continue to raise the bar for next year as well. It's definitely an extremely exciting time to be a part of the Yale women's tennis program."
The Bulldogs will return four out of six singles starters next year, and two out of three doubles teams. Sophomore Janet Kim led the team at No. 1 singles with a 23-9 record for the year that included a 5-2 record in the highly competitive Ivy League. Freshmen Sarah Lederhandler and Jessica Rhee both stepped up in their first year on the Bulldogs to contribute greatly. Lederhandler filled in the No. 2 singles spot for the Bulldogs during the Ivy season and finished with a 4-3 record. Rhee finished the season with a 22-10 overall record that included an undefeated 7-0 record at No. 4 singles in the Ivy League.
Seniors Christine Alford and Olivia Nix contributed greatly to the Bulldogs second place finish in the Ivy League. They teamed up at No. 1 doubles for a 9-5 record that included a 5-2 finish in the Ivy League. Alford played No. 3 singles and only dropped one Ivy match as she posted a 6-1 record. Nix played No. 5 singles and finished with a winning record in the Ivy League.
Report filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity