HANOVER, N.H. — The Dartmouth women’s tennis team fell 6-1 to No. 30 Yale on Sunday at the Boss Tennis Center and Gordon Pavilion, with sophomore Sabrina Stewart (London, England) getting the lone win for the Big Green at No. 5 singles. The Big Green fell 8-12 overall and 2-4 Ivy League, while the Bulldogs improved to 18-3 and 6-0 Ivy in the conference. With the victory, the team clinched the Ivy League title.
Yale won all three doubles matches as junior co-captain Sarah Leonard (Norwalk, Conn.) and freshman Akiko Okuda (Tenafly, N.J.) fell 8-3 at No. 1, sophomore Rachel Decker-Sadowski (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and freshman Janet Liu (Palo Alto, Calif.) lost 8-2 at No. 2 and junior Jeri Reichel (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) and freshman Theresa Smith (University Park, Fla.) lost 8-3 at No. 3.
In singles, Yale’s Elizabeth Epstein avenged her 2011 loss to Leonard at No. 1 singles. Playing at No. 2, Liu jumped out to a 5-2 first-set lead on 2011 second team All-Ivy player Blair Seideman only to see the Bulldog sophomore battle back to win the match in straight sets.
At No. 3, Okuda fell, 6-4, 6-2, to freshman Hannah Yu, who was rated the country’s No. 18 recruit on tennisrecruiting.net in 2011. Smith fell in straight sets at No. 4 to Vicky Brook, who played No. 1 for the Bulldogs the past two years and was ranked No. 10 in ITA Northeast Region singles last year. At No. 5, Stewart beat senior Steph Kent, another former No. 1 player for Yale. Decker-Sadowski was downed 6-4, 6-2 by Annie Sullivan who is 5-1 in the Ivy League at No. 6.
Dartmouth returns to action at home next Saturday, April 28, against Harvard at 2 p.m.
Yale 6, Dartmouth 1
1. Elizabeth Epstein (YALE) def. (DAR): 6-0, 6-4
2. Blair Seideman (YALE) def. (DAR): 7-5, 6-0
3. Hannah Yu (YALE) def. (DAR): 6-4, 6-2
4. Vicky Brook (YALE) def. (DAR): 6-2, 6-1
5. (DAR) def. Stephanie Kent (YALE): 7-6 (5), 7-5
6. Annie Sullivan (YALE) def. (DAR): 6-4, 6-2
Exhibition match: Shelley Carpeni (DAR) defeated Sarah Guzick (YALE): 6-4
1. Brook/Amber Li (YALE) def. Leonard/Okuda (DAR): 8-3
2. Epstein/Sullivan (YALE) def. Liu/Decker-Sadowski (DAR): 8-2
3. Kent/Seideman (YALE) /Smith (DAR): 8-3