New Haven, Conn. – The Yale women's squash team will begin its 2010-11 season in earnest Saturday, when the Bulldogs face off against the Penn Quakers and the Bates Bobcats at the Brady Squash Center.
The No. 2 Bulldogs, who finished last season ranked No. 4 in the nation, look to be in contention for both the Ivy League and national championships. The team will take the courts at 11 a.m. to face the No. 5 Quakers before playing the No. 12 Bobcats at 5 p.m.
The marquee matchup, against Ivy rival and top-tier team Penn, will be a good test for the young Bulldog squad. Yale has not beaten Penn at all over the past four seasons, having lost to the Quakers 8-1 in the teams' most recent matchup in December 2009. Despite beating the Quakers in November's Ivy Scrimmages, which the Bulldogs went on to win, head coach Dave Talbott says that his team knows that the preseason matchup is "meaningless in regard to Sunday's [regular-season opener]."
Yale returns its entire regular ladder from the 2009-10 season except for Alia Aziz, who regularly played No. 2 or No. 3 for last year's squad. Aziz, currently enrolled at the Yale School of Management, will serve as a volunteer coach for this year's Bulldog team.
Yale's top three players – senior captain Logan Greer, fellow senior Sarah Toomey, and freshman Camilla Tomlinson – will anchor a deep Bulldog ladder. Juniors Rhetta Nadas and Alexandra Van Arkel will play at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. Sophomore Katie Ballaine, senior Caroline Reigeluth, and freshmen Lillian Fast and Gwendoline Tilghman should add depth to the ladder.
The rest of the Bulldogs roster features veterans, including juniors Alexandra Kerr, Catherine Morris and Kelly Mulrow, as well as youth in the form of sophomores Carolyn Brown and Katharine Harrison and freshman Constance Siebert.
Coach Talbott describes his team as "more than ready" to get on the courts for live match action, and assistant coach Pam Saunders is looking forward to "finally start[ing competition]… after a long, hard fall of training."
report filed by Alex Milvae '12, Yale Sports Publicity