Princeton, N.J. — The No. 5 Yale Bulldogs ended their road trip on a high note Sunday with a 5-4 upset of the No. 4 Princeton Tigers at the Jadwin Squash Courts in Princeton, N.J.
The win gives Yale (13-2, 3-1 Ivy) its first win against a higher-ranked opponent this year, coming a day after the Bulldogs lost a close contest against No. 3 Penn. The Bulldogs had also previously lost to No. 2 Trinity. The upset victory keeps the Bulldogs in the running for an Ivy League title and will give them confidence heading into next weekend's rivalry matchup against No. 1 Harvard.
Princeton (7-3, 2-3 Ivy) took the lead in the early going, but a win from sophomore Annie Ballaine at No. 9 kept Yale within striking distance. The Bulldogs rewarded her effort in the second shift. Although Princeton added another win at No. 8, Yale senior Kim Hay and freshman Jenny Scherl won their matches at No. 2 and No. 5 to even the match at 3-3.
Yale carried the positive momentum over into the final shift, as senior Millie Tomlinson and junior Issey Norman-Ross dropped their opponents in straight sets to seal the match for the Bulldogs.
Yale begins next week on the road again, traveling to Providence on Tuesday to face the No. 10 Brown Bears. Yale will return to the Brady Squash Center on Feb. 7 to duel Harvard in a match with major implications for the Ivy League title and the upcoming Howe Cup. The action will begin at 6 p.m. Friday night.
Report by Evan Brown '16, Yale Sports Publicity
|Princeton University||Rating||Yale University||Rating||Winner's Score||Winner||Status|
|1WS||Ubina,Maria Elena||0.000||Tomlinson,Millie||0.000||11-2,11-6,12-10||Yale University||C|
|3WS||Bunyan,Nicole S.||0.000||Mao,Shihui||0.000||11-7,11-8,11-9||Princeton University||C|
|5WS||Lunt,Alexandra K.||0.000||Scherl,Jenny||0.000||11-5,11-8,11-7||Yale University||C|
|6WS||Dewey,Hallie||0.000||Fast,Lillian A.||0.000||11-9,6-11,13-11,13-11||Princeton University||C|
|7WS||Sawin,Alexandra R||0.000||Tilghman,Gwendoline C||0.000||5-11,11-3,11-8,11-9||Princeton University||C|
|8WS||Toth,Alexandra M.||0.000||Mao,Shiyuan||0.000||11-4,7-11,11-8,5-11,11-8||Princeton University||C|
|9WS||Harrington,Tara||0.000||Ballaine,Annie Y||0.000||11-9,11-6,2-11,11-7||Yale University||C|
|10WS||Saunders,Alexis A.||0.000||Blatchford,Georgia A.||0.000||8-11,11-6,9-11,11-9,11-9||Yale University||C|