HANOVER, N.H.- The Yale women's tennis team closed out the fall portion of their schedule with a strong afternoon against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, playing 6 singles matches and winning 4 of them. The doubles portion of the schedule was played Friday, when the Bulldogs took 1 out of their 3 matches, overall going 5-4 against Minnesota.
The day started out strong for the Bulldogs, as they won their first four matches. Samantha Martinelli took her matchup in 3 sets, rebounding from dropping the second set to take the third set easily, 6-1. On the weekend, Martinelli won 4 out of her 6 matches and has gotten off to a stellar start that she will look to consolidate in the spring.
Amy Yang secured her second win of the weekend, taking down Caroline Ryba in straight sets. The lefty has had a solid junior year campaign thus far and will look to build on that in the fall. Senior Elizabeth Zordani won a roller coaster of a match, winning a tight first set 7-5 before dropping the second set 6-0. Despite this, she was able to recover and take a thrilling third set in a tiebreak, winning it 7-6(5)
Caroline Amos picked up the final victory on the weekend for the Bulldogs, winning her matchup in two sets, each by only a single break, 6-4, 7-5. Sunday Swett and Sonal Shrivastava both lost their matches by identical 6-2, 6-1 scores.
The Bulldogs wrapped up a solid Big Green Invitational in which they won 9 total matches across the three days and triumphed in their head to head with the Gophers. A successful weekend is exactly what Yale will take going into the winter, as they eye their return on January 21st, 2018 vs Fairfield University.
Report by Vig Namasivayam '20, Yale Sports Publicity
FINAL RESULTS: YALE 4, MINNESOTA 2
1. Martinelli v. Kreinis 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
2. Yang v. Ryba 6-4, 6-2
3. Zordani v. Emme 7-5, 0-6, 7-6(5)
4. Amos v. Hart 6-4, 7-5
5. Swett v. Merzbacher 2-6, 1-6
6. Shrivastava v. Vargas Gomez 2-6, 1-6