No. 1 Yale Looks to Be Crowned National Champion at Howe Cup

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Starting this Friday, the No. 1 Yale's women's squash team will seek to validate its ranking with a victory in the annual Howe Cup tournament at Princeton.  In the first round the team will face No. 8 Dartmouth, and should it win that matchup will advance to play against either No. 5 Princeton or No. 4 Penn in the semifinals.

The Bulldogs (14-0, 6-0 Ivy) have already faced all of their potential opponents in the tournament, defeating all of them, but will have to be careful with a few matchups that caused trouble during the regular season.  While Yale beat most teams by comfortable margins, the team dropped three matches to Dartmouth and four to Penn.  

In the Dartmouth match, Yale dropped matches in the top three spots, but played with a top nine that included neither current No. 2 Millie Tomlinson nor No. 4 Kim Hay, both freshmen.

Against Penn, the Bulldogs also played with a slightly different lineup than they currently use, but nonetheless dropped four matches and needed a five game victory by freshman Lillian Fast to maintain their undefeated record.

The Bulldogs will be favored in all of their matches up until the finals, having beaten every team they've played this year.  In the championship, though, a rematch with No. 2 Harvard would set up a repeat of last weekend's thrilling matchup for the Ivy League Championship, in which Yale emerged victorious by the slightest of margins. 

Fans can follow the tournament live at:

http://collegesquashassociation.com/2011-womens-national-team-championships/

 

report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity