February 6, 2014

ECAC Division I Women’s Indoor Tennis Championships Head to Columbia University

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Six women’s tennis teams will embark on the Dick Savitt Tennis Center at Columbia University this weekend, as the 2014 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division I Women’s Indoor Tennis Championship begins on Friday. The quarterfinals begin at 9 a.m. on Feb. 7, and the championship concludes on Sunday, Feb. 9 with matches at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The six-team field consists of Yale University, Columbia University, Princeton University, Cornell University, Brown University and Dartmouth College.

The Bulldogs are the top-seed, and received a first-round bye in the 2014 Championship after capturing their fourth consecutive title during the most recent Division I Women’s Indoor Championship in 2012. No tournament was held in 2013 due to inclement weather. Yale, currently ranked No. 36 in the country, comes into this year’s championship on the heels of an appearance in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Kick-Off Weekend Championship. The Bulldogs only loss on the season came against No. 11 University of Michigan in the ITA title match. Senior Annie Sullivan (Deerfield, Ill.), and juniors Amber Li (Tampa, Fla.) and Hanna Yu (Northbrook, Ill.) are the three remaining letterwinners from the 2012 team, and are looking to use their championship experience to guide Yale to its fifth consecutive title. 

Championship host and second-seed Columbia, ranked No. 51 nationally, is coming off a win against No. 54 University of Denver. The Lions defeated the Pioneers by a 6-1 final, sweeping the doubles portion of the match. Columbia is led by sophomore Kanika Vaidya (Singapore) and senior Bianca Sanon (Plantation, Fla.), who are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the ITA Northeast Regional rankings, respectively. The Lions received a bye to the championships' semifinals, where they will meet the winner of Princeton and Dartmouth.

The No. 69 Princeton Tigers are the No. 3 seed in the tournament. The Tigers have advanced to the championship match in three of the previous four ECAC Championships, facing Yale each time. Princeton is coming off a loss at the hands of Denver, and is led by junior Lindsay Graff (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), who is 3-1 in dual matches this season as the Tigers’ top singles player. Princeton will go head-to-head with Ivy League rival Dartmouth in the championship’s first quarterfinal match. The Big Green are 1-1 thus far and have two players, freshman No. 3 Jacqueline Crawford (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and classmate No. 5 Taylor Ng (Haddonfield, N.J.), ranked in the top-five of the ITA Northeast Regional rankings. Dartmouth heads into the ECAC Championship after knocking off Boston University on the road on Feb. 2.

The No. 4 vs. No. 5 matchup is another clash of familiar foes, as Cornell matches up with Brown. The Big Red are 2-0 this season and have defeated University at Buffalo and University of Maryland-Baltimore County. Cornell is in the midst of a 14 non-league match winning streak, and has received early contributions from its top-three singles players—sophomore Dena Tanenbaum (Manasquan, N.J.), and freshmen Marika Cusick (Hinsdale, Ill.) and Alexandra D’Ascenzo (West Bloomfield, Mich.). The Bears are currently on a winning streak of their own, picking up three consecutive victories after dropping their season opener. Brown has two student-athletes in the ITA Northeast Regional top-20, with freshman No. 4 Dayna Lord (Bloomfield, Conn.) and sophomore No. 19 Hannah Camhi (Woodbury, N.Y.) both ranking among the region’s elite.

For the full championship bracket and seedings, click here.