Portions courtesy of Yale Sports Publicity
INDIANAPOLIS -- Ivy League champion Yale is California dreaming for the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championship as the Bulldogs were selected to go west and face Saint Mary's (Calif.) in the first round on Friday, May 11 at 2 p.m.
Ranked 28th in the latest Campbell/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Rankings, Yale will face the Gaels at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium on the campus of Stanford University. The host Cardinal, the No. 4 national seed for the NCAA Tournament, takes on Stony Brook in the other first-round match. The first-round winners are scheduled to meet in a second-round tilt on Saturday, May 12 at 6 p.m.
Yale (19-3) earned its second-straight and seventh overall League title after completing a perfect season in Ivy play for the first time since 2008. The Bulldogs are making their second-straight and third all-time trip to the postseason. Yale got its first NCAA Tournament win last year in a 4-2 win over William & Mary in the first round before falling to Duke in the the second round.
Yale enters the 2012 NCAA Championship on a nine-match winning streak on the strength of outscoring its seven Ancient Eight opponents 42-7 in League play. The Bulldogs have won 21 of 22 doubles points this season and feature three nationally-ranked doubles teams -- senior Vicky Brook freshman Hanna Yu (61st) Brook and freshman Amber Li (84th) and Li and sophomore Annie Sullivan (88th).
The Ivy League owns a 14-28 (.264) record in 28 appearances all-time in the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championship.