NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The No. 5 Yale Bulldogs will begin a five-match week with their toughest test of the season so far: a Wednesday night showdown against No. 2 Trinity at the Brady Squash Center.
Yale (8-0, 2-0 Ivy) will look to avenge last season's contests, in which the Bantams twice edged out the Bulldogs for 5-4 victories, including a first-round defeat that knocked Yale out of the Howe Cup. Trinity would go on to reach the tournament finals, upsetting Princeton (then the top seed) before coming up just one match short of a national championship against Harvard.
This year's Trinity squad returns all but one of its top nine players from last season's lineup. The Bantams (6-0), coming off a 6-3 victory against No. 3 Penn, have yet to lose a match this season. Trinity has also defeated No. 6 Cornell 8-1 and No. 13 Franklin & Marshall 9-0; both teams lost to Yale by a 9-0 margin.
The caliber of both teams promises exciting matchups across the board. In the top slot, two of the best players in the nation will battle it out as Yale senior Millie Tomlinson takes on Trinity sophomore Kanzy El Defrawy, one of only two active players to have beaten Tomlinson (the other being Harvard's Amanda Sobhy). Tomlinson and El Defrawy faced off three times last season, with El Defrawy winning twice and Tomlinson winning once.
After the big contest on Wednesday, Yale will play four matches in two days. On Friday afternoon, the Bulldogs will face No. 7 Stanford. Stanford (2-2) began the year with a 7-2 loss to Cornell before winning two of its next three matches, including a rare home contest against No. 16 Hamilton. Later that day, Yale will play No. 19 St. Lawrence (2-4).
On Saturday, Yale will close out the week against No. 12 George Washington and No. 17 Middlebury. George Washington (4-4) has notched three straight wins after four consecutive losses, while Middlebury (5-2) won five games in a row after dropping its first match of the year.
The Yale-Trinity contest will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Friday's matches will begin at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday's will start at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. All of this week's matches will take place in the Brady Squash Center.
Report by Evan Brown '16, Yale Sports Publicity