Samantha Martinelli
Samantha Martinelli
Year: So.
Hometown: Denver, CO
High School: Odyssey Charter School
Major: Undeclared
Residential College: Jonathan Edwards

2017-18 (First year): Team high 21 singles wins and 15 doubles wins over the course of the season... Named Ivy League Rookie of the Year... Named to Ivy League First Team in singles and doubles (with Elizabeth Zordani)... Made ITA Regional Semifinals in singles before losing to No. 1 overall seed and Regional Round of 16 in doubles in her first month with the team... Awarded the Lisa Rosenblum '75 Most Valuable Player Award... First first-year to win MVP for the Bulldogs since 2011. 

Before Yale: Blue chip recruit on… 1st place in Singles at the 2015 Asic's Easter Bowl... 1st place in Doubles at the 2015 Asic's Easter Bowl... 1st place in Singles at th e2015 National Clay Courts... Undefeated at No. 1 position at the 2016 Junior Fed Cup... 1st place in Singles at the NorCal 2016 National Open... 1st place in the 2016 Denver City Open... Over 15 Sectional Singles and Doubles Titles... Ranked as high as No. 3 in 18s and No. 2 in 16s nationally... National Sportsmanship Award at the 2015 National Clay Courts... 2015 Phyllis Lockwood Sportsmanship Award presented by the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame... 2015 Sportswoman of Colorado for Achievement in Tennis presented by the Sportswomen of Colorado Organization... 2016 Intermountain Nevada Junior Sportsmanship Award... 2016 Intermountain Nevada Junior 'Player of the Year'... 2016 Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame 'Player of the Year'... Member of the 2016 USTA Junior Leadership Team...

Notes: Graduated Valedictorian... Advanced Honors Diploma... Volunteered several times a week coaching younger players at the No Quit Tennis Academy in Las Vegas... Hobbies include binge watching Netflix and reading... 

Why Yale? "Yale was the perfect fit for me because of the dedicated coaches, great team atmosphere, and strong academics. I look forward to having an amazing four years and becoming a part of the Yale family!"