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Bulldogs Dominate Fairfield to Start Season

Samantha Martinelli and Valerie Shklover. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Samantha Martinelli and Valerie Shklover. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, CT- On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, the Yale women's tennis team kicked their season off in impressive fashion, beating in-state rivals Fairfield University by a score of 7-0. The Bulldogs swept singles without dropping a set and won 2 out of 3 doubles matches to secure the victory. 

Amy Yang, Caroline Amos, Elizabeth Zordani, Samantha Martinelli, Sarah Cameron, Sunday Swett and Valeri Shklover all won their singles matches without any difficulty. Martinelli, playing number 1, and Yang, playing number 3, only dropped 1 game each in their straight-set victories. Cameron, a new addition to the team who is a first-year in Timothy Dwight College, won her first match as a Bulldog without losing a game, an excellent way to kick off her collegiate career. 

The excellence continued into doubles, where Martinelli and Shklover teamed up to win their doubles match 6-1. Amos and Zordani also won with relative ease, winning their battle 6-1. Swett and Yang fought hard but came up short in a tight 6-4 match, losing to Fairfield's number 2 doubles team Anna Komer & Jessica Pil. 

The Bulldogs have to be ecstatic with their outing, as they dominated up and down the board in the official start to their 2018 season. They hope to carry the momentum into next weekend, when they play Quinnipiac and Boston University. 

Report by Vig Namasivayam '20, Yale Sports Publicity

FULL MATCH RESULTS – Yale 7, Fairfield 0


1.       Martinelli (Y) d. Stahlman (F) 6-1, 6-0

2.       Shklover (Y) d. Prinos (F) 6-1, 6-4

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

4.       Zordani (Y) d. Komer (F) 6-2, 6-2

5.       Amos (Y) d. Pil (F) 6-1, 6-1  

6.       Swett (Y) d. Connors (F) 6-1, 6-2 

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


1.       Martinelli/Shklover (Y) d. Lombardi/Stuhlman (F) 6-1

2.       Komer/Pill (F) d. Yang/Swett (Y) 6-4

3.       Amos/Zordani (Y) d. Camps/Prinos 6-1