One week after losing to No. 69 San Diego, the women’s tennis team is back to its winning ways.
The No. 75 Bulldogs blew by Boston University, 7-0, Friday at home to earn their 10th victory of this spring. The Bulldogs (9-3) fell to the Terriers (7-6), 5-2, last year, but were dominant over the weekend.
“[It was a] really solid win, especially after losing last year,” Reshmi Srinath ’05 said. “[It was] nice to come back after spring break and win on our home court.”
Rashmee Patil ’07, Aimee Kim ’07 and Christine Alford ’07 all won their matches in straight sets, while captain Stephanie White ’05 defeated Cheri Lapane, 8-1, in a superset. Patil was particularly impressive, surrendering only a single game en route to a 6-1, 6-0 drubbing of Erin Katims in the No. 2 singles matchup.
Srinath had the toughest match of the day. The No. 1 Yale singles player found herself in a dogfight with Gina Sabatino, playing in the number one spot. Srinath took the first set, 6-4, but Sabatino fought back to take the second set, 4-6, forcing a tiebreaker to decide the match.
Srinath was able to recover and took the upper hand in the tiebreaker, coming out on top, 10-7, to win the match.
“I probably had the most challenging match out,” Srinath said, “[Sabatino] was a really good competitor. I’m glad I was able to win.”
Kim and Patil teamed up to win the No. 1 doubles match, topping Sabatino and Monica Shepherd, 8-3, while White and Nix took the No. 2 doubles match, downing Katims and Aimee Charest, 8-6.
The Elis said BU was down a few players, which might have made for an easier win for the Bulldogs. Most notably, the Terriers were without No. 1 singles player Laura Ahmes, who is out with a sprained ankle that she suffered against Brown Feb. 27. Ahmes also pairs with Katims to form BU’s top doubles team.
Due to Ahmes’ absence and a recent injury to Katims, Sabatino — a freshman — has had to step into the top spots for both singles and doubles for the Terriers. Sabatino’s apparent inability to carry the momentum from winning the second set of her No. 1 singles match against Srinath into the tiebreaker may be attributable to her lack of college experience.
Despite the holes in the Terriers’ roster, the comparisons between this year’s matchup and last year’s reveal a much improved Eli squad. For one, last year, Katims dominated Srinath in the No. 3 matchup, 6-3, 6-2. This year, Srinath took the No. 1 contest, while Katims was routed soundly by Patil, who played — and lost — in the number four slot in last year’s contest.
The Bulldogs next travel to Philadelphia to open conference play against No. 54 University of Pennsylvania.
“It’s exciting going into the Ivy League games,” Lindsey Dashiell ’08 said. “It’ll determine how we’ll end up.”
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