NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This Friday, the Yale women's squash team will play against No. 7 Stanford and No. 12 George Washington, gearing up for Sunday showdowns against No. 11 Middlebury and No. 20 Bowdoin, all at the Brady Squash Center.
Stanford is the strongest of the four opponents for the Bulldogs at No. 7, and the Cardinal enter the match with the nation's No. 8 player in Pamela Chua. She is joined in the upper segment of the rankings by No. 35 Kerrie Sample, while No. 79 Serena Fagan, No. 83 Julie Koenig, and No. 85 Madeleine Gill round out the Cardinal presence in the top 100.
Yale topped Stanford 9-0 when the teams met last year, while the other three matchups are relatively unfamiliar for the Bulldogs. Nevertheless, Yale historically performs extremely well against lower-ranked teams like No. 12 George Washington, No. 11 Middlebury, and especially No. 20 Bowdoin.
While those matches do not present much a threat given past performance, the Bulldogs will have to be on their toes against Stanford. Yale has dropped below No. 2 for the first time in recent memory following a 5-4 upset of then-No. 1 Harvard by then-No. 4 Princeton. The Tigers are now No. 1, while the rest of the top ten simply bumped down one spot. This performance from Princeton is commensurate with other results in a season where the traditional powerhouses of Harvard and Yale have had a tough time closing out top competition, notably in Penn's Ivy Scrimmages win.
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity