Battle of Squash Titans Wednesday Night

Jan. 24, 2006

The Yale men's and women's squash teams get their first tests of the 2005-06 season Wednesday night at the Brady Squash Center when Trinity College brings a pair of strong squads to town. The four teams, all undefeated, have won a combined 27 national championships including the last eight seasons.

The women's matches, which begin at 5 p.m., feature the Bulldogs, No. 1 in the latest College Squash Association (CSA) rankings, against third-ranked Trinity. Yale, winners of the last two national titles, has the No. 1, four and fifth ranked players in college squash.

The featured match will be top-ranked Michelle Quibell of Yale vs. No. 3 Vaidehi Reddy on the main court. Quibell has won the last two CSA individual titles and is trying to become the fourth player ever to win three championships.

The Bulldog men have a wonderful opportunity to distinguish themselves in the history of the game on Wednesday night. Yale has won a dozen collegiate championships and boasts a tradition as rich as any school in the country. However, No. 1 Trinity has poured enormous resources into its program and produced a men's squad that has won the last eight national titles. The Bantams have won 131 consecutive matches, the longest current streak in collegiate athletics.

The No. 4 ranked Elis will send the nation's top ranked player, Julian Illingworth, against fourth-ranked Shawn Johnstone. Illingworth became the first Bulldog and second amateur to win the U.S. National Singles Championship when he defeated Michael Puertas last March in four games in the title match at Cambridge, Mass.

"This is a great opportunity to see the best players in collegiate squash," said David Talbott, the head coach of both Yale squads. "In Michelle and Julian alone, you have the two best Americans to ever play intercollegiate squash."