January 14, 2010

No. 4 Bulldogs Host Five At Yale Round Robin

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 4 Bulldogs will play five matches in three days this weekend as they host the Yale Round Robin at the Brady Squash Center.

The Bulldogs (3-1, 1-1 Ivy) will open play at 4 p.m. on Friday with a match against No. 12 Bates. The Bobcats (7-2, 3-1 NESCAC) are coming off of their second loss of the season, a 9-0 drubbing from Williams on Jan. 9. 

On Saturday, the Bulldogs will get an early start with a 10:45 a.m. match versus Ivy League foe Cornell.  No. 5 Cornell is 2-3 overall and winless (0-3) in the Ivy League.  The Big Red has dropped matches to Penn, Princeton, and Harvard so far this season. 

At 6 p.m. Saturday, the Bulldogs will be back on the courts to face No. 6 Stanford.  The Cardinal sits at 3-2 on the year, including a 6-3 win on Nov. 21 against then-No.1 Princeton. 

The Stanford match-up provides a homecoming for a Yale squash hero, Mark Talbott.  Talbott, widely considered one of the greatest squash players ever, served as the head coach of the Yale women's team from 1998 to 2004.  Talbott helped facilitate the Bulldogs' rapid improvement, which culminated in a Howe Cup victory as part of Yale's dominant, undefeated 2004 campaign. Talbott is also the younger brother of Yale's current head coach of both the men's and women's squash teams, Dave Talbott.

The Bulldogs will continue their intense schedule on Sunday, beginning with an 11 a.m. match versus No. 11 Mount Holyoke.  The Mount Holyoke team has dropped to 4-2 following consecutive losses to Trinity and Williams after beginning the season with four straight wins.

Yale will conclude its Round Robin play at 2 p.m. on Sunday by facing No. 28 Northeastern.  The Huskies (2-6) have struggled on the year, losing their last six matches following two early-season victories.  Since the Northeastern squad is a club, rather than a varsity, team, the match will not count toward Yale's season record.

This year's Yale Round Robin features 15 teams.  The Bulldogs will host Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Connecticut College, Franklin & Marshall, George Washington, Georgetown, Hobart, Middle bury, MIT, Mount Holyoke, Northeastern, St. Lawrence, and Stanford.

 

report filed by Alex Milvae '12, Yale Sports Publicity.