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No. 5 Yale Defeats No. 4 Princeton 6-3, Will Play In Semifinals Saturday

Logan Greer. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Logan Greer. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 5 Yale Bulldogs beat the No. 4 Princeton Tigers 6-3 in the opening round of Friday’s Howe Cup tournament at the Brady Squash Center.

The Bulldogs avenged their 5-4 loss to the Tigers on Jan. 30 by winning close matches up and down the ladder.  Yale got off to a quick start in the first of the match’s three shifts, taking a 3-0 lead behind a 3-0 win by Sarah Toomey (No. 3) and come-from-behind 3-1 victories by Katie Ballaine (No. 6) and Katie Harrison (No. 9).

In the second shift Princeton turned the tables and evened the match at 3-all.  Alia Aziz nearly edged out the win at No. 2, dropping the decisive fifth game 12-10 after losing a 2-1 lead to Princeton’s Julie Cerullo.  Princeton’s Neha Kumar and Katherine Giovinazzo each earned 3-0 victories, topping Bulldogs Alexandra Van Arkel and Aly Kerr at the No. 5 and No. 8 positions, respectively. 

Win the match tied 3-3, the Bulldogs took control once again in the third shift, winning all three matches and securing a semifinal berth.  No. 1 Logan Greer won a 3-0 match against Princeton’s Amanda Siebert, while both Rhetta Nadas (No. 4) and Caroline Reigeluth (No. 7) won 3-1 after dropping the first game of their respective matches. 

The Bulldogs’ win advances the team to the first of Saturday’s national semifinals, where they will play the No. 1 Harvard Crimson.  The Crimson defeated No. 8 Williams 9-0 on Friday in opening round play.  In Yale’s final regular-season match, the Crimson topped the Bulldogs 7-2. 

Saturday’s match will take place at 11:30 a.m. at Yale’s Brady Squash Center.  The Bulldogs will look to use their momentum and home-court advantage to upset the nation’s top team.



  Yale Princeton Winner's Score Winner
1WS Greer,Logan Siebert,Amanda 11-2,11-5,12-10 Yale
2WS Aziz,Alia Cerullo,Julie 11-7,5-11,9-11,11-9,12-10 Princeton
3WS Toomey,Sarah Moss,Jackie 12-10,11-9,15-13 Yale
4WS Nadas,Rhetta Maine,Emery 7-11,11-7,12-10,11-7 Yale
5WS Van Arkel,Alexandra Kumar,Neha 11-3,11-6,11-6 Princeton
6WS Ballaine,Katie Sennatt,Kaitlin 6-11,14-12,11-5,11-8 Yale
7WS Reigeluth,Caroline Sequeira,Nikki 7-11,11-5,14-12,11-5 Yale
8WS Kerr,Aly Giovinazzo,Katherine 11-5,11-9,11-5 Princeton
9WS Harrison,Katie Cortes,Casey 11-8,11-9,9-11,12-10 Yale
10WS Brown,Carolyn Yu,Vanessa 7-11,11-2,11-5,11-5 Princeton





report filed by Alex Milvae '12, Yale Sports Publicity