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Bulldogs Start Season off Strong

Bulldogs Start Season off Strong

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The Yale women's tennis team started their season off with a strong performance at the Yale Kickoff, winning twenty of their twenty one matches on the day. Play for the weekend was condensed into one day due to impending weather, leading to an extremely busy Saturday for the hosts.

Yale began the day against St. John's; they won all three doubles sets without a hitch. Caroline Dunleavy teamed up with Jessie Gong to win their match in the number one spot, while Raissa Lou and Samantha Martinelli carried over their doubles success from last semester in the form of a 6-4 win. Senior Caroline Amos and first-year Kathy Wang rounded out doubles play with a 6-0 victory.

The Bulldogs carried that success over into singles; Dunleavy, Lou, and Wang all won in straights and were joined by sophomore Lauren Gillinov in her first match on the day. Gong gutted out a three set victory, winning the third set super tiebreak 10-5.  

The momentum did not stop there; the Bulldogs looked sharp against the Fairfield Stags as well, winning all their matches handily. Dunleavy/Gong, Lou/Martinelli, and Amos/Wang all registered their second doubles wins on the day; Gillinov and captain Amy Yang followed with a 6-1 victory in the No. 4 spot.

The team wrapped up the day with a dominant showing in singles as well, winning every match in straight sets. Martinelli rebounded from her loss against St. John's with a dominant victory in which she only dropped two games, while the rest of the team combined to win fourteen sets without dropping one.

The Bulldogs will look to continue their hot play into next weekend, when they take on Fordham and Boston College.

Full results are available below. These are individual results and were not scored as dual matches.


Yale vs St. John's


  1. Dunleavy/Gong d. Garibal/Livianu (SJU) 6-2

  2. Lou/Martinelli d. Dawson/Tenorio (SJU) 6-4

  3. Amos/Wang d. Campos/Downer (SJU) 6-0


  1. Livianu (SJU) d. Martinelli (Y) 7-5, 6-1

  2. Dunleavy (Y) d. Garibal (SJU) 6-1, 6-4

  3. Lou (Y) d. Dawson (SJU) 6-3, 6-0

  4. Gong (Y) d. Tenorio (SJU) 6-2, 6-7, (10-5)

  5. Gillinov (Y) d. Downer (SJU) 6-0, 6-0

  6. Wang (Y) d. Lombardi (F) 6-1, 6-1


Yale vs Fairfield


  1. Dunleavy/Gong (Y) d. Lombardi/D. Prinos (F) 6-3

  2. Lou/Martinelli (Y) d. March/Novak (F) 6-0

  3. Amos/Wang (Y) d. Komer/Pil (F) 6-2

  4. Gillinov/Yang (Y) d. Campos/Connors (F) 6-1


  1. Martinelli (Y) d. D. Prinos (F) 6-1, 6-1

  2. Dunleavy (Y) d. March (F) 6-0, 6-2

  3. Lou (Y) d. Komer (F) 6-2, 6-0

  4. Gong (Y) d. Pil (F) 6-0, 6-0

  5. Wang (Y) d. S. Prinos (F) 6-4, 7-6

  6. Gillinov (Y) d. Lombardi (F) 6-1, 6-0

  7. Yang (Y) d. Campos (F) 6-0, 6-0

  8. Amos (Y) d. Connors (F) 6-0, 6-1