No. 1 Elis Roll Past Lord Jeffs, 9-0

Feb. 4, 2004

Competing without a number of players who typically play in the top nine, the No. 1 Elis were able to benefit from strong play from some other members of their team, as Yale dropped only one game en route to defeating the Lord Jeffs 9-0 at Brady Squash Center.

In a tribute to the depth of the Bulldog team, which is ranked first nationally and features the nation's top player in Michelle Quibell, the Elis were able to easily defeat the Jeffs without the help of Quibell as well as Amy Gross and Catherine McLeod, who are ranked 5th and 6th in the country, as well as No. 20 Rachita Vora.

"They're playing better than they ever have in their lives, and they're all pushing each other in practice."
Head Coach Mark Talbott

Frances Ho, who is 12th nationally and typically plays fourth for the ELis, played the No. 1 spot for Yale against Amherst. She dropped the Elis only game of the match in a 3-1 victory over Ashley Harmeling. Rookie Lauren McCrery defeated Liz Martin at No. 2 in one of eight 3-0 wins for the Bulldogs.

Kate Rapisarda, who is ranked at No. 24, and No. 31 Sarah Coleman also swept their matches, as did freshman Nicola Shiels and junior Lindsay Schroll.

"I've been really pleased with the bottom of my lineup," said head coach Mark Talbott. "They're playing better than they ever have in their lives, and they're all pushing each other in practice. The team has really come together that way."

Rounding out the Bulldog lineup were captain Devon Dalzell in the 7th position and Ruth Kelley and Kate Mandel in the 8th and 9th slots. All three players won 3-0.

The Elis travel to Brown on Friday before returning home next weekend to host Harvard, who is ranked fourth in the country.

report by Katie Baker '05, Yale Sports Publicity Department

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