Bulldogs to Open Season at Home by Hosting Annual Tournament
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's tennis team will kick off its 2017-18 campaign at home on Friday by hosting the annual Bulldog Invitational. This year's Invitational will attract players from a mix of seven conference and regional competitors: Boston College, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard and Massachusetts. As the first team event of the year, the tournament will provide a great opportunity for the Elis to get back into the swing of collegiate tennis after a long time away from competition.
With three first-year players – Lauren Gillinov, Mimi Levine and Samantha Martinelli – set to compete, this weekend's Invitational will give the team's younger players a chance to make a strong impression early in the season. Levine, specifically, is coming off an impressive showing at the ITA All-American Championships this past week, where she earned a singles victory over Boston College's No. 1 singles player Asiya Dair (who will also likely compete in New Haven this weekend).
In contrast to the first-year players, Yale seniors Valerie Shklover, Sunday Swett and Elizabeth Zordani will be competing in this event for the last time. In this tournament last year, Shklover and Zordani found considerable success in singles, while Swett notched a win in doubles. As veteran leaders, all three seniors will want to do well this weekend and set the tone for the rest of the team.
Along with the seniors, junior Amy Yang performed well in this event a year ago, earning a pair of singles wins; junior Caroline Amos and sophomore Opala Dhingra also notched victories in singles. All three players will be looking to build on last season's performance this upcoming weekend.
Over the course of the next three days, each participating team will compete against three other teams. Yale is scheduled to face Dartmouth on Friday, followed by Cornell on Saturday and Boston College on Sunday. With weather permitting, the ball is set to drop on Friday at 10 a.m. at Yale's home courts. A full schedule for the tournament can be found below.
Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity
Bulldog Invitational Match Schedule
10 a.m. – Cornell v. Columbia
10 a.m. – Harvard v. Brown
1 p.m. – Boston College v. UMass
1 p.m. – Yale v. Dartmouth
10 a.m. – Yale v. Cornell
10 a.m. – Dartmouth v. Harvard
1 p.m. – Columbia v. Boston College
1 p.m. – UMass v. Brown
9 a.m. – Dartmouth v. Columbia
9 a.m. – Cornell v. Brown
12 p.m. – Yale v. Boston College
12 p.m. – UMass v. Harvard