Quibell, McLeod, Ranieri Advance To CSA Quarterfinals

Quibell, McLeod, Ranieri Advance To CSA Quarterfinals

March 3, 2006

AMHERST, Mass. - Three Bulldogs advanced to the quarterfinals of the 32-player Ramsay Division (women's A) at the CSA Individual Championships today in Amherst, Mass. Defending Champion and No. 2 seed Michelle Quibell, No. 3 Miranda Ranieri, and No. 8 Catherine McLeod all won two matches, and will play in the quarters tomorrow.

McLeod actually beat teammate and No. 9 seed Amy Gross in the second round in an epic five-game match, coming back from two games down to win, 2-9, 3-9, 9-3, 9-2, 9-1. Gross had beaten Princeton's Gen Lessard in the first round, 6-9, 9-5, 7-9, 9-5, 9-5, and McLeod easily downed Bowdoin's Niki Clement in her first-round match, 9-5, 9-4, 9-2.

Ranieri cruised through her first two matches in straight sets, beating Anna Detter of Trinity 9-1, 9-7, 9-2 and Princeton's Ali Pearson, 9-6, 9-7, 9-7.

Quibell got by Harvard's Alison Fast in the first round, and made quick work of another Cantab in the second round, beating Supryia Balsekar 9-4, 9-1, 9-1.

Lauren McCrery and Kate Rapisarda faced off in the second Friday match between two Bulldogs after each dropped their opening-round match. McCrery downed Rapisarda 9-3, 9-4, 9-10, 9-1, and will face Detter in the quarterfinals of the consolation bracket tomorrow at 10:40 a.m.

McLeod will take on the tournament's No. 1 seed, Harvard's Lily Lorentzen, tomorrow at 12:20 p.m. in her quarterfinal match. Quibell also faces a Cantab, No. 7 Kyla Grigg, and will play at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow. Ranieri will face Harvard's Jennifer Blumberg, also at 11:30.

For complete and up-to-date draws and results, visit collegesquash.org.

Report filed by David Sherfinski '08, Yale Sports Publicity