February 3, 2014

No. 5 Yale to Close Out Ivy Season With Three Matches; Will Battle No. 1 Harvard in Home Finale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The No. 5 Yale Bulldogs will wrap up the regular season this week with three Ivy League contests against No. 10 Brown, No. 1 Harvard and No. 8 Dartmouth.

 On Tuesday, Yale (13-2, 3-1 Ivy) will head to Providence, R.I., to face Brown (10-4, 0-4 Ivy). The Bears are undefeated in non-conference play but have yet to win an Ivy League match, having lost to No. 3 Penn, No. 4 Princeton, No. 6 Cornell and No. 9 Columbia.

Friday night, the Bulldogs will return to the Brady Squash Center for their home finale against Harvard. The defending national champions have yet to lose a match this season, including 6-3 defeats of both Penn and Princeton. While Yale would certainly relish the chance to end Harvard's unbeaten streak, the Crimson will also face a tough test on Wednesday, when they battle No. 2 Trinity.

The showdown between the two highly-ranked rivals should feature exciting squash across the board. This will be especially true at the No. 1 spot, where Yale senior and 2011 national individual champion Millie Tomlinson will duel Harvard junior Amanda Sobhy, who has won the last two national individual championships.

In November, Harvard topped Yale 5-4 at the preseason Ivy Scrimmages, but the Bulldogs — fresh off an upset victory over Princeton — will hope to turn the tables when it actually counts this Friday.

After the Harvard match, Yale will close out its Ivy League campaign on the road against Dartmouth (3-6, 1-4 Ivy). Dartmouth snapped a four-game losing skid last Saturday with a 5-4 victory over Columbia, but suffered a 7-2 loss against Cornell on Sunday.

The results of this week's matches will largely determine Yale's place in the final Ivy League standings. Only Harvard and Penn sit in front of Yale, meaning the Bulldogs still have a shot at the title if they can close out the season with three wins and Penn drops one of its two remaining matches.

This week's matches will let Yale give one last push in the Ivy League, but will also provide important preparation for the Howe Cup, which will begin on Feb. 21. Win or lose, Friday's match against Harvard will be the Bulldog's last contest in the Brady Squash Center this year. The match will begin at 6 p.m.

Report by Evan Brown '16, Yale Sports Publicity

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