The women’s tennis team stormed out of the gates this weekend at Princeton, demolishing Temple, Princeton and Cornell.
In singles, the Bulldogs defeated Temple, Princeton and Cornell 8-0, 6-2 and 7-1, respectively. In doubles, Andrea Goldberg ’02 and partner Susie Hiniker ’03 won the doubles A-flight 8-6, and twin sisters Karlyn and Ashley Martin ’04 took the B-flight crown 8-3 in an all-Yale final against Reshmi Srinath and Rekha Natrajan.
After the weekend’s results — especially the strong showing against Princeton, which finished atop the Ivy League last year and 52nd in the nation — the Bulldogs are confident of their chances in the ECAC.
“It should be our goal to win ECACs, and I think we can do it,” Goldberg said. “Things look really good for our team this season.”
Because of the round-robin format, some members of the team, such as Goldberg, were on the court for seven hours each day over the weekend. To ease the time strain, collegiate tennis teams are playing under a new second-deuce rule that the Intercollegiate Tennis Association is testing for the fall season.
According to the rule, if a game goes to a second deuce, the returner chooses a side to receive and plays out one last point.
The Bulldogs’ success this weekend was especially gratifying for captain Elizabeth Oosterhuis ’02.
“It was good to see everything come together,” Oosterhuis said. “Our old coach knew our games really well. Chad [Skorupka] doesn’t know our games as well, but he brings a lot of enthusiasm and different ideas for match situations, which in turn help us play better.”
Princeton entered the tournament without its top singles player Kavitha Krishnamurthy, who won the singles draw at the William and Mary tournament last weekend. Although the Bulldogs fared well this weekend, Skorupka believes they cannot rest on their laurels.
“This week was a success,” Korupka said. “Our depth really showed, but we need to be more aggressive with our short balls. We need to work on getting in behind our approach shots.”
With some improvement and hard work on the courts, Skorupkla agrees with his players’ projections for an ECAC championship.
“We have more depth than anyone in the Ivy League,” Skorupka said. “We need to do a better job of finishing our points. If we do that, ECACs and an Ivy championship are not that farfetched.”
Currently, there are 10 players competing for six singles spots for the spring season. This weekend, Skorupka will send Margaret Purcell ’04, Hiniker, Stephanie White ’05, Srinagh, Karlyn Martin and Natrajan to the Cissie Leary Invitational tournament in Philadelphia.
The Leary Invitational is a step up from the Princeton round-robin tournament, featuring a 32-player draw in singles and a 16-team draw in doubles. Brown, Princeton, Cornell and Dartmouth should compete in the invitational.
If the Bulldogs build upon their string of successes, Skorupka believes they will soon be competitive with the top of the ECAC.
“We’re right there with the top five teams on the East Coast,” Skorupka said.