NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Monday, junior Katie Ballaine was elected captain of the Yale women's squash team for the coming 2012-13 season.
Ballaine had a stellar season for the Bulldogs, finishing with a 14-2 record that allowed her to finish off the year ranked at No. 28. Ballaine's only two losses came against Penn's Courtney Jones, who ended the year ranked No. 32, and No. 15 Cece Cortes of Harvard. Ballaine's strongest victory came against Harvard's Natasha Kingshott, who was ranked No. 20 at the time to Ballaine's No. 47.
Ballaine hails from Brooklyn, New York, where she attended Saint Ann's school. She is currently a junior in Timothy Dwight College, and is majoring in American Studies.
As Yale tries to regain the national crown next season, Ballaine will be joined by a strong team of returning players. Yale will feel the losses of seniors Rhetta Nadas, who played at No. 3 for the Bulldogs, Alexandra van Arkel, who played at No. 4, as well as Aly Kerr and Kelly Mulrow, who were in the rotation less regularly but still played major roles within the team.
Nevertheless, Yale has a strong stable of young players that should be able to step up next season into more prominent roles. Sophomores Millie Tomlinson and Kim Hay should continue to play at Nos. 1 and 2, where they made for a potent combination at the top of the lineup. Ballaine would be the natural option to step into Nadas' No. 3 spot, with some combination of sophomores Gwen Tilghman and Lilly Fast, joined by freshmen Shihui Mao and Issey Norman-Ross filling in at Nos. 4-7. Junior Katie Harrison and younger sister Anna Harrison both had undefeated seasons, and junior Carolyn Brown went 7-2, not to mention the recruits that Yale will be integrating next season.
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity