Three Bulldogs Advance to Day Two of National Individual Championships
HANOVER, N.H. – Friday, several Bulldogs players distinguished themselves in a strong performance at Dartmouth's John W. Berry Squash Center in the national individual championships. Senior Logan Greer and freshmen Millie Tomlinson and Gwen Tilghman are still alive in the tournament.
The day started off well in the first round with a dominant victory by the third seeded Greer against Cecilia Cortes in three games. Next, junior Rhetta Nadas, seeded 27th in the tournament, captured the first game but ultimately lost to No. 6 Valeria Wiens. Tomlinson, seeded seventh, won against No. 26 Trikha Pia in three quick games. Freshman Kim Hay, seeded 15th, played the day's closest match against No. 18 Yarden Odinak. After splitting the first four games, Hay's match went down to the wire before she pulled off a 12-10 victory in the fifth game to come out on top. Finally Tilghman, seeded No. 43 overall and the only Yale representative in the bottom draw, dropped the first two games of her match against Robyn Williams before coming back to win.
In the second round, Greer won in five games against No. 14 Anne Madeira, advancing to the second round, where she'll face Harvard's Nirasha Guruge, seeded 11th. Tomlinson then knocked off No. 10 Jackie Moss in three games, setting up a showdown with the winner of teammate Hay's match. Hay, the winner of the clinching match in the national team championships last weekend, faced off against No. 2 Catalina Pelaez. After winning the first game 11-9, she dropped the next three against the nation's second best player.
Saturday, the winner of Greer's match will face the winner of Tomlinson and Pelaez' showdown in the semifinals. In the bottom bracket, Tilghman will face off against No. 38 Courtney Jones in the round of sixteen.
Fans can follow the action live at: http://www.ussquash.com/ssm/pages/tournaments/draw.asp?event_id=2460&event_id2=52s
report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity