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Yale Headed West, to Meet Saint Mary's in NCAA Women's Tennis First Round

Yale Headed West, to Meet Saint Mary's in NCAA Women's Tennis First Round
Yale's Vicky Brook

2012 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championship Bracket

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.