No. 5 Bulldogs Prepare for Tilts Against No. 1 Princeton, No. 3 Penn

Shihui Mao. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Shihui Mao. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Saturday and Sunday, the No. 5-ranked Bulldogs will continue their hunt for the Ivy League crown against tough competition in the form of No. 1 Princeton and No. 3 Penn. 

Yale finds itself in a strange place this week, looking up in the rankings for the first time in recent memory.  The Bulldogs will go up against two of the teams that they will undoubtedly have to top in the standings if they want to win the Ivy League, and will almost certainly play again later in the Howe Cup.

No. 1 Princeton is up first, on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. at the Brady Squash Center.  The Tigers climbed into first place with a huge 5-4 upset over then-No.1 Harvard on January 13th.  Since then, Princeton has only played one opponent, but that opponent was No. 3 Penn.  Impressively, the Tigers were able to sweep the Quakers on Wednesday night to solidify their standing as the nation's best. 

Penn has fallen off a bit from the torrid pace it was on after winning the Ivy Scrimmages to start the season.  The Quakers already have two losses, but those have come at the hands of Princeton and No. 2 Harvard, both great teams. 

Princeton and Penn both match up favorably with Yale in terms of ranked players.  Princeton has seven players ranked in the top 50, led by No. 4 Julie Cerullo and No. 7 Elizabeth Eyre, while Penn has nine players ranked better than No. 60.  Yale, of course, is top-heavy with No. 2 Millie Tomlinson, a junior, and fellow third-year Kim Hay at No. 6 being joined by an additional six players ranked better than No. 42.


Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity