NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Saturday, the No. 2 ranked Yale women's squash team will face off against Colby and Williams in Williamstown, Mass.
The match against No. 21 Colby will come first, in a rematch of a match last year that the Bulldogs swept 9-0. This year, the Mules are 3-3, including 9-0 losses to No. 3 Trinity, No. 9 Brown, and No. 12 George Washington. Colby boasts three ranked players in No. 73 Kate Pistel, No. 124 Lindsey McKenna, and No. 126 Molly Parsons, the team's captain.
By comparison, the Bulldogs are 1-0 on the season, a record that does not include their 1-1 mark at the Ivy Scrimmages. In terms of personnel, the Bulldogs boast two of the nation's top ten players in No. 2 Millie Tomlinson and No. 6 Kim Hay, both juniors, as well as six other ranked players, five of whom rank higher than Pistel.
In the second matchup of the day, Yale will face No. 10 Williams and the team's 2-6 record. That record is mostly a result of stiff competition, as all of Williams' losses have come at the hands of higher ranked squads, including half of the Ivy League, No. 3 Trinity, and No. 7 Stanford. When the two teams faced off last year, the Bulldogs came away with an 8-1 victory in an identical matchup of No. 2 versus No. 10 in the rankings. In terms of personnel, the Purple Cows are led by No. 50 Alli Rubin, who is joined in the top 100 by No. 67 Laura Henry and No. 98 Alyssa Northrop.
Following Saturday's matches, the Bulldogs will begin the Ivy League season, beginning with a match against No. 6 Cornell on January 12.
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity