NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Saturday, in the first action of the new season, the Yale squash team topped Columbia 9-0 and Penn 6-3 to advance to the finals of the Ivy Scrimmages.
In their first match of the day, the Bulldogs, ranked No. 2 in the College Squash Association preseason rankings, took on No. 16 Columbia and swept their nine matches.
Next, they faced No. 5 Penn and won the match 6-3 to advance to the finals. Saturday's matches were the first glimpse of the new lineup for Yale after winning the national championship last season. Playing at No. 1 was sophomore Millie Tomlinson, who won the individual championships last year and has only one defeat at the collegiate level. Next up, at No. 2, was fellow Brit and sophomore Kim Hay, who finished last season ranked as the No. 15 player in the country. At No. 3 was senior captain Rhetta Nadas, ranked No. 33 at the close of last season. She was followed by senior Alexandra van Arkel at No. 4 and junior Katie Ballaine at No. 5. At No. 6 was senior Aly Kerr, who was followed by sophomores Gwen Tilghman and Lilly Fast at Nos. 7 and 8, respectively. Finally, freshman Anna Harrison played in the No. 9 spot. Yale got victories against Penn in the Nos. 1-3 slots and the Nos. 7-9 slots, with the losses coming at Nos. 4-6.
Sunday, the team will face off against Harvard, who was ranked No. 1 in the preseason despite losing to Yale twice last season. The two teams will likely duel all season for the top spot in the Ivy League as well as in the country.
Report by Calvin Bohn '14