July 31, 2013

Talbott Announces Class of 2017

Three Freshmen Set To Join Roster

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale women's squash coach Dave Talbott has a global representation in his Class of 2017. Shiyuan Mao (Singapore), Madeline Tomlinson (UK), and Jenny Scherl (U.S.) will join the Bulldogs this fall.  The trio joins a veteran Yale team that returns seven of the top nine players from a year ago and figures to be in solid contention for the Ivy and National titles.

The three will be filling the void created by the graduation of Katie Ballaine, last year's captain, Katie Harrison and Carolyn Brown, who were the leaders and a major part of a Yale women's squash program that had a four year record of 58-11, including a perfect 17-0 mark that resulted in Ivy and national titles in 2010-11 and a 17-2 record in 2011-12 when the Bulldogs were the national runner up.

Scherl is from South Orange, N.J., and has an extensive background in US junior squash with many years of tournament experience.  Nationally ranked since the U-13's, Scherl graduated from The Lawrenceville School where she captained the team and played No. 1 for both her junior and senior year.  

"Jenny was not only the best player on the team by far, but she was recognized as a great leader and role model for all the women who were in the program," Talbott said. "Her coaches, Rob and Narelle Krizek, singled Jenny out as the backbone of the team both on and off the court.  She has extensive international play as well as her competing in numerous US junior tournaments since a young age."

Mao is a very strong addition to the Bulldogs. She has been a top junior in Singapore since 2007.  She won the Singapore National Championships in the U-19 division in 2012. Competing extensively on the Asian junior circuit for a number of years, she has represented Singapore at the Asian Squash Championships since 2008. A physically strong and talented player, Mao has competed in the US as a junior and finished in the top 10 in the US Junior Open U-19 division which has the best players from all over the world.  She was captain of her school team as well as a member of the Singaore National School Team for the past 5 years.  Her sister Shihui Mao is a rising junior on the Bulldogs who had a stellar season playing in the top-four positions and winning the John Blum Award for Yale's Most Improved Player in 2013.  

The name of Tomlinson is already big in Yale Squash.  Rising senior Millie was the only Yale freshmen to ever win the CSA Women's Individual Championship. Millie is clearly one of the top three women in college squash, and sister Madeline will be joining her as a freshman this season.  Maddie is still gaining experience but has already demonstrated the family genes in winning the Midland U-19 title this past season.  

"Maddie is an up-and-coming player who will be a big asset in Yale's depth and its ability to win a championship this season," Talbott said. "Maddie is a strong competitor who will be pressing her way in the Yale line-up.  An outgoing and dynamic young lady, Maddie will add a lot to the program on and off the court."

Talbott, who will be in his 31st season as head coach of the men and his ninth season as head coach of the women, is very excited about this coming year.  

"Captain Lilly Fast is leading a group of five senior senior who are positioned to try and win their second Ivy and National Championship.  These five women are the backbone of the 2013-14 team.  Millie Tomlinson, Kim Hay, Lilly Fast, Gwen Tilghman, and Coco Seibert are entering their last year with a singular goal in mind, to win both the Ivy and National Championship.  They are one of the strongest classes ever to attend Yale and want to go out with a Championship.  I know they will do everything they can this season to try and make it happen."