May 24, 2007

Elis Add Three Nationally Ranked Newcomers

May 24, 2007

The Yale women's tennis team announced that three nationally ranked freshmen will join the squad next fall. Stevi Petrelli (Harrison, NY), Lindsay Clark (Bernardsville, NJ) and Lauren Ritz (Thousand Oaks, CA) add to a talented Bulldog roster under second-year head coach Danielle Lund.

Petrelli, who comes to Yale from Greenwich Academy, was No. 1 in the East in the Girls 14 and 16s before finishing No. 5 last year in the 18s. She ranked as high as 57 nationally, while her recruiting ranking was No. 32. Petrelli won the sportsmanship award in the 14 and 16 zonals and was a member of the Eastern sectional team that won the 2006 Fed Cup. She also finished third at the 2005 Thanksgiving 18-under national open.

"Stevi is going to make an immediate impact on our team in both singles and doubles. She's an aggressive baseliner with a very powerful game. Stevi's mental toughness and competitiveness will help her make the transition from junior tennis to the college level."

Clark, ranked 58th in the 16s, is currently No. 2 in the country in doubles. She won the 2006 ITF Grade 5 singles event in Bermuda, was a doubles semifinalist at the 2007 Easter Bowl and a doubles winner at the 2006 national open tournament. Clark, who ranked 454 in the world, is a three-time New Jersey high school finalist who made first-team all-state four times. She and Petrelli made it to the National Open finals together in doubles.

"I'm so excited to have Lindsay joining the team next year. Lindsay has an unparalleled work ethic, which I think will help her become a top college player. She has an all-court game and is comfortable serving and volleying, which is very unusual at such a young age. I'm really looking forward to working with her to continue to develop her game at the collegiate level."

Ritz, ranked as high as 103rd nationally and No. 4 in Southern California, was a doubles winner at the 2007 Copper Bowl. Her highest college recruiting ranking was No. 53.

"Lauren is going to be a great addition to our team. She has an all-court game that will really add to our depth in both singles and doubles. I don't think Lauren has reached her potential and she should have a very bright collegiate career. She will also bring so much enthusiasm and energy, which is so valuable to a team's dynamic."