March 4, 2006
AMHERST, Mass. - The women's squash team completed day two of the CSA Individual Championships today in Amherst, Mass. No. 3 Miranda Ranieri won an epic five-game match against Harvard's Jennifer Blumberg to advance to the semifinals of the Ramsay Division (women's A). No. 8 Catherine McLeod dropped a tough quarterfinal match to Harvard's Lily Lorentzen, the tournament's No. 1 seed, and two-time individual champion No. 2 Michelle Quibell lost a hard-fought quarterfinal match to Cantab Kyla Grigg.
Ranieri's day began promisingly, as she defeated Blumberg 5-9, 9-1, 2-9, 9-5, 10-9 in a thrilling match. She ran into a roadblock in Grigg, however, losing her semifinal match 9-2, 9-2, 9-3. Associate Head Coach Gareth Webber remarked that the long first match took a lot out of Ranieri, who is recovering from an injury.
"She was exhausted, really," he said. "But, you have to credit Kyla; she played well. [Ranieri] just didn't get out in front of her enough."
No. 2 Quibell, also recovering from injury, lost to Grigg in her quarterfinal match, 9-4, 9-5, 9-3.
"It was quite a cold court," Webber said. "[Quibell] just couldn't get into it at all. She's had a tremendous college career, and she just wasn't able to have the best preparation for the tournament."
McLeod dropped a tough quarterfinal match to No. 1 Lorentzen, 9-4, 9-4, 9-0.
In other action, No. 9 Amy Gross advanced to the finals of the Ramsay Division's second-round consolation bracket. Gross smoked her two opponents in straight sets, beating Dartmouth's Ashley Malenchak 9-7, 9-5, 9-4 and Trinity's Ashley Clackson, 9-1, 9-1, 9-1. Gross will meet Trinity's Lauren Polonich tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. to play for ninth place overall in the tournament.
Lauren McCrery dropped a tough four-game match to Anna Detter of Trinity in the quarterfinals of the Ramsay consolation bracket, losing 9-1, 5-9, 9-2, 9-6.
"I think the women really put everything into the Howe Cup last week," Webber said. "We won the big one as a team, and individually, it just didn't work out for us this weekend."
Report filed by David Sherfinski '08, Yale Sports Publicity