NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Sunday, the Yale women's squash team suffered a close 6-3 loss to archrival Harvard in the finals of the Ivy Scrimmages at the Brady Squash Center.
In a rematch of last year's national championship, preseason ranked No. 2 Yale took on No. 1 Harvard and had the tables flipped on them. Yale won close 5-4 matches in both the Ivy League Championship and the national championship over Harvard last season, but went down 6-3 in their first skirmish of the new season.
Indeed, Yale took victories at the Nos. 7-9 spots, but dropped matches in the first six spots. Sunday's winners were sophomore Gwen Tilghman, with a 3-2 victory playing at No. 7, sophomore Lilly Fast at No. 8 and freshman Anna Harrison in the No. 9 spot, both of whom won 3-1.
At the No. 1 spot, Yale sophomore Millie Tomlinson took on Harvard junior Laura Gemmell in a rematch of last year's national individual championship finals. In that match, Tomlinson handed Gemmell the first loss of her career. This time around, Gemmell had the upper hand by the slightest of margins, topping Tomlinson 12-10 in the fifth game to clinch the match.
At No. 2, sophomore Kim Hay lost 3-1. Senior captain Rhetta Nadas had the same result at No. 3, as did senior Alexandra van Arkel at No. 4 and junior Katie Ballaine at No. 5. At No. 6, senior Aly Kerr lost a nail-biter with a 13-11 loss in the fifth set against Harvard's Julianne Chu.
Overall, Coach Talbott explained, "this preseason scrimmage shows the challenge that Yale will have in defending their Ivy and National Championship. It also shows that when Yale has all their players healthy and ready to go they will be viable to repeat."
Yale's next action will come on December 3rd, when Yale will travel to face Franklin and Marshall.
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity