TRIPLE CROWN

Feb. 20, 2005

Princeton, NJ - The Elis (14-0, 5-0 Ivy) finished their season right where they started it - at No. 1. The Bulldogs made quick work of a Harvard squad that challenged them earlier this month, earning the 7-2 victory in the Howe Cup finals this afternoon.

Yale can now add a Howe Cup Championship to its season resume, which includes a National Championship and an Ivy League Championship. For the first time in school history, the Bulldogs won women's squash's Triple Crown in back-to-back years.

"The team played really great, the best we've played all year," head coach Dave Talbott said. "Everybody there was like, `this team is unbelievable."

Unbelievable aptly describes a team that has not lost a match in two years. That streak nearly ended last Saturday, when the Crimson gave the Bulldogs a scare in a 5-4 thriller, but Harvard never had a chance this time around.

"They just focused so well this week," Talbott said.

In Yale's seven victories, the Elis won 21 of 23 games. Defending Individual National Champion Michelle Quibell took care of business at No. 1, avenging last weekend's loss to Harvard's Kyla Grigg, the only match Quibell lost all season.

More results to come.

Results:

Yale 7, Harvard 2
No. 1 Michelle Quibell (Y) def. Kyla Grigg (H)
No. 2 Amy Gross (Y) def. Lindsey Wilkins (H)
No. 3 Catherine McLeod (Y) def. Jennifer Blumberg (H)
No. 4 Miranda Ranieri (Y) def. Audrey Duboc (H)
No. 5 Supriya Balsekar (H) def. Frances Ho (Y)
No. 6 Lydia Williams (H) def. Lauren Doline (Y)
No. 7 Rachita Vora (Y) def. Allison Fast (H)
No. 8 Lauren McCrery (Y) def. Hilary Thorndike (H)
No. 9 Kate Rapisarda (Y) def. Stephanie Hendricks (H)

Report filed by Sean Singer '06, Yale Sports Publicity