NEW HAVEN, Conn. — This Saturday and Sunday, Yale will host the Ivy League Scrimmages at the Brady Squash Center. The scrimmages will give the Bulldogs their first look at the team and their Ivy League opponents heading into the 2013-2014 season, in which Yale hopes to improve on last year's fifth-place finish and contend for the national championship.
Captain Lilly Fast said the scrimmages will allow the team to test its skills after months of practice.
"It's a great opportunity for the team to see where it stands among the Ivy schools and for each player to recognize how she can improve individually before the season gets underway," said Fast.
In addition, this weekend will help the team size up its competition, particularly Ivy League rivals Harvard, Penn and Princeton, who finished last season ranked first, third and fourth in the nation.
The scrimmages will also be the first opportunity for freshmen Jessica Lee, Shiyuan Mao, Jenny Scherl and Madeline Tomlinson to test their game at the collegiate level. These new arrivals join an experienced Yale squad, with five seniors and four juniors on the roster. Notable returning players include seniors Millie Tomlinson, who finished her junior year ranked No. 3 in the country, and Kim Hay, who was ranked No. 6 before being sidelined by an injury last season.
Yale is scheduled to begin the tournament against Cornell at 12:30 p.m., with the winner advancing to take on the winner of the Harvard-Columbia matchup at 5 p.m. The full tournament bracket can be found here.
Report by Evan Brown '16, Yale Sports Publicity