HANOVER, N.H. – After an undefeated regular season for the national champion Yale women's squash team, five of the team's top players will compete in the individual national championships Friday through Sunday at Dartmouth's John W. Berry Sports Center to finish off the season.
Senior Logan Greer, freshman Millie Tomlinson, freshman Kim Hay, junior Rhetta Nadas, and freshman Gwen Tilghman will represent the Bulldogs. Sophomore Katie Ballaine made the cut for the tournament, but has withdrawn due to illness. The tournament is divided up into two draws, the first one composed of the 32 top ranked players and the other of the bottom 46 (with 18 players receiving first round byes). For Yale, Greer, ranked No. 3, No. 7 Tomlinson, No. 15 Hay and No. 27 Nadas will play in the top draw, and No. 11 Tilghman (No. 43 overall) will play in the bottom draw.
In the opening round, Hay will have the most intriguing matchup, as she'll face the 18th seeded Yarden Odinak. Greer will go against No. 30 Cecilia Cortes, Nadas will play No. 6 Valeria Wiens, Tomlinson will face No. 26 Pia Trikha, and Tilghman will advance to the second round with a bye.
Greer is on the short list of favorites to win the overall championship, as she holds the third seed in the tournament and has lost this season only against No. 1 Laura Gemmell, No. 2 Catalina Pelaez, and Nadas' opponent Wiens. In the finals of the national championship, Greer showed that she can play with the nation's best player, taking Gemmell to five games before losing. Should all of Greer's former opponents win out in the early rounds, there is a chance that Greer would face a murderer's row of Wiens in the quarterfinals, Pelaez in the semifinals, and finally Gemmell in the championship.
Also of interest will be the performances of Tomlinson and Hay, both freshmen and crucial elements of the future of Yale squash. Neither has lost a match in 2011. Hay is undefeated on the season and Tomlinson dropped only the first match of her career. Both will seek to make a national name for themselves with breakout performances in the tournament.
report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity