Jan. 21, 2004

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's squash team sits atop the country's national rankings after a monumental victory.

The Bulldogs defeated top-ranked Trinity, the three-time defending national champions who lost for the first time in 30 matches, 5-4 at the Brady Squash Center.

The contest came down to the match between No. 1 players Michelle Quibell of Yale and Trinity's Amina Helal. The top Bantam player took the first game 9-7 before the best Bulldog came back to win 9-1, 9-6 and 9-3.

"I did not foresee this at all. I knew we had a chance against a really talented team," said Quibell. "That's so awesome. She [Helal] beat me two out of three matches last year."

When asked about coming back and making an adjustment after losing the first game, Quibell said, "I got really aggressive and started pounding it down the line, waiting for an opening."

The second-ranked Bulldogs, who will move into the No. 1 spot in the country and get the top seed at the Howe Cup (national championship event), improved to 6-0 on the season. Trinity fell to 3-1 this winter.

"That was the most nervous I've been in my six years," said Yale head coach Mark Talbott. "We are finally at that point... we are even with them. It was a tough match and I think there will be another close one in the Howe Cup."

Women: Trinity at Yale University

Yale 5, Trinity 4

1. Michelle Quibell (Y) def. Amina Helal (T) 3-1
2. Lynn Leong (T) def. Amy Gross (Y) 3-1
3. Catherine McLeod (Y) def. Vaidehi Reddy (T) 3-0
4. Pamela Saunders (T) def. Frances Ho (Y) 3-0
5. Lauren Restrepo (T) def. Rachita Vora (Y), 3-1
6. Larissa Stephenson (T) def. Lauren McCrery (Y) 3-1
7. Kate Rapisarada (Y) def. Margot Kearney (T) 3-0
8. Lauren Doline (Y) def. Fernanda Rocha (T) 3-1
9. Sarah Coleman (Y) def. Siobhan Knight (T) 3-0

report by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Department