NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Starting Saturday, Yale's Brady Squash Center will play host to the first squash of the 2011-12 year as Yale hosts the Ivy Scrimmages. As the first event of the year, the scrimmages function as a feeling-out period for the league, with the teams getting an early opportunity to see how rosters have changed with graduating seniors and incoming freshmen.
Yale's roster will prove to be one of the most effected, with three key seniors having graduated and five additions to last year's No. 1 squad. Yale lost Logan Greer '11, who played at No. 1; Sarah Toomey '11, who finished last season playing at No. 3; and Caroline Reigeluth '11, who finished her year playing at No. 7.
While it will be almost impossible to replace those losses fully, Yale is as well situated to do so as any team could be. Returning players include defending national individual champion Millie Tomlinson; fellow sophomore Kim Hay, who finished last season playing at No. 4; senior captain Rhetta Nadas, who finished last season at No. 5; junior Katie Ballaine, last season's No. 6; senior Alexandra van Arkel, from the No. 8 spot last season; and sophomore Lillian Fast from No. 9.
Joining them will be seniors Aly Kerr, Catherine Morris and Kelly Mulrow; juniors Carolyn Brown and Katie Harrison; and sophomores Constance Seibert and Gwen Tilghman, who finished last season with a deep run in the Holleran division at the CSA Individual Championships.
The team also has five additions in the form of sophomore Charlotte Dillon as well as freshmen Anna Harrison (Katie's younger sister), Nina Kempner, Shihui Mao and Isabella Norman-Ross. Mao and Norman-Ross will not be playing in the scrimmages for health reasons.
The Bulldogs will face off against Columbia in the first round Saturday at 12:45, with the winner facing the winner of Cornell and Penn at 5:15. Harvard finished second in the Ivy League to the Bulldogs last year, but a rematch will be impossible until the finals, as the two teams are on opposite ends of the bracket.
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity