First-Year Player Wins Quarterfinal Match, Falls to No. 1 Seed in Semifinals of Main Draw
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Samantha Martinelli's exceptional run at the ITA Northeast Regionals finally came to an end on Sunday, as the first-year player fell in the semifinals after winning her quarterfinal match earlier in the day.
Martinelli began the day with a quarterfinal match against Penn's Lina Qostal, who had upset several seeds en route to Sunday's clash. Despite the quality of her opponent, the Bulldog continued her positive momentum from the previous day and found little trouble in a 6-3, 6-3 win. This result marked her fifth straight win in just three days and improved her singles record on the season to a perfect 7-0.
Coming up against No. 1 seed Gabriela Knutson of Syracuse in the following round, Martinelli faced the toughest opponent of her collegiate career so far. Although Yale's first-year player fought well, Knutson – who had beaten Yale's Valerie Shklover on Saturday – proved too strong, winning in straight sets and ending the Bulldog's run in the tournament.
Looking back on this past weekend in Philadelphia, the Elis can take pride in an impressive overall performance (full draws are available here). Including Martinelli's semifinal run, all five Yale players won singles matches in the main draw; this kind of success sent a clear message to the team's rivals in the Northeast Region. Several other Yale players also began competing at the Brown Quad on Saturday; the recap for those matches will be posted shortly.
Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity