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No. 36 Yale Treks to Ann Arbor for ITA Kick-Off Weekend

Hanna Yu. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Hanna Yu. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Join No. 11 Michigan, No. 28 Tulsa and No. 54 Virginia Tech in Competition

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's tennis team enjoyed a successful campaign last weekend at the three-day Yale classic, and will look to carry its momentum into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Kick-Off Weekend.  The Bulldogs travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., where they will compete against highly-ranked opponents in a bracket format.  On Saturday, No. 36 Yale will face No. 28 Tulsa at 3:00 p.m., and host No. 11 Michigan will take on No. 54 Virginia Tech.  The winners of these matches will then play each other for the title, and the losers will battle for the consolation prize. 

Yale's trip to Ann Arbor comes on the heels of a resounding start to the season at the Yale Classic last weekend.  By Sunday's end, the Bulldogs had recorded an 18-4 record in singles play and a 6-4 win-loss mark in doubles play over three days of quality action.  Yale's top three singles players, sophomore Madeleine Hamilton, freshman Sherry Li and senior captain Annie Sullivan, all went undefeated at the event.  Sophomore Courtney Amos, sophomore Ree Ree Li, freshman Caroline Lynch and junior Hanna Yu all posted wins in singles as well.  Additionally, Yale's top doubles team Sullivan and Yu scored a pair of wins.  Overall, it was a strong start to the season for the Bulldogs.

They will need to bring this kind of form to Ann Arbor, where they are slated to face top-notch opposition.  Tulsa is ranked eight spots ahead of Yale in the national rankings, and its squad features two top-50 players in Yelena Nemchen and Samantha Vickers.  In the match between Michigan and Virginia Tech, a total of four top-100 players will be in action, as will two top-11 doubles teams (both on the Wolverines' squad).  Whichever team emerges from the weekend as victor will receive an invitation to the ITA National Indoor Team Championship in Charlottesville, Va. (Feb. 6-9).

Last season, Yale was undefeated at home (11-0), 4-1 in away matches and 2-3 on neutral surfaces.  The Bulldogs will look to improve their record in the latter categories, as most of their matches this season will be either away or at a neutral site.  The match against Tulsa will provide a good initial test for Yale in this regard. 

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity