May 7, 2008

Yale Makes First NCAA Tournament Appearance On Friday

May 7, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn.--The 2008 season has already been an historic one for the Yale women's tennis team. The Bulldogs (11-8, 7-0 Ivy) earned their first Ivy League title since 1989 and first outright conference championship since 1981 by going undefeated in league play for the first time in school history. With a dramatic 4-3 win over Dartmouth in the season finale, Yale clinched its first NCAA Tournament berth. Now the Bulldogs look to continue their historic season with a trip to Athens, Ga., for the first NCAA Tournament match in program history. Yale takes on another set of Bulldogs--the University of Georgia--in the first round on Friday at 4 p.m.

Janet Kim became the first player in Yale history to be named Ivy League Player of the Year. She went 6-1 at No. 1 singles in Ivy League play to earn First Team All-Ivy honors for the third straight year. Kim also earned First Team All-Ivy doubles recognition with partner Jessica Rhee. Kim and Rhee went 6-1 in Ivy play at No. 1 doubles. Rhee went 5-2 in conference at No. 2 singles, while Lindsay Clark was 5-2 at No. 3. They each earned a Second Team All-Ivy nod. Along with Lauren Ritz, Clark was named Second Team All-Ivy doubles. As a team, they went 6-1 during the Ivy League season.

Georgia's Bulldogs (20-4, 9-2 SEC) enter the tournament as the No. 2 overall seed. Georgia won its second straight SEC Tournament with victories over Kentucky, Arkansas and Florida. Georgia's top three singles players are all ranked among the ITA top 100. No. 39 Yvette Hyndman was a First Team All-SEC choice and has an 18-5 dual match record this spring. She will compete in the NCAA singles tournament, as will her sister, No. 58 Kelley Hyndman. Monika Dancevic was also named First Team All-SEC and is ranked No. 48 in doubles with Yvette Hyndman.

Each squad enters the tournament riding an eight-match winning streak. The Yale-Georgia winner will take on either VCU or South Carolina at 4 p.m. on Saturday in the second round. All remaining rounds from the round of 16 through the national championship will be held at the University of Tulsa.

Live video and live scoring from all six courts will be available through Georgia's official website.


Probable Matchups:
Singles
No. 1: Janet Kim (Yale) vs. Yvette Hyndman (Georgia)
No. 2: Jessica Rhee (Yale) vs. Kelley Hyndman (Georgia)
No. 3: Lindsay Clark (Yale) vs. Monika Dancevic (Georgia)
No. 4: Sarah Lederhandler (Yale) vs. Naoko Ueshima (Georgia)
No. 5: Stevi Petrelli (Yale) vs. Cameron Ellis (Georgia)
No. 6: Lauren Ritz (Yale) vs. Adrienne Elsberry (Georgia)

Doubles
No. 1: Kim/Rhee (Yale) vs. Hyndman/Hyndman (Georgia)
No. 2: Clark/Ritz (Yale) vs. Ueshima/Ellis (Georgia)
No. 3: Lindsey Dashiell/Petrelli (Yale) vs. Dancevic/Elsberry (Georgia)


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