March 6, 2004
It is only fitting that the CSA Individual National Championships have come down to this: the fourth meeting of the season between Yale's No. 2 Michelle Quibell and Trinity's No. 1 Amina Helal.
The two top players in the nation have faced off three times this season, with Quibell taking the first two meetings--including a win in the Betty Constable Individuals Tournament finals--and Helal triumphing in the third.
In the second day of action at the CSA Individuals, Quibell defeated Trinity's Pam Saunders in the quarterfinal round by the score of 9-0, 9-2, 9-5. She then topped Trinity's Vaidehi Reddy, who had earned a major upset victory over Harvard's No. 3 Louisa Hall, by the score of 10-8, 9-1, 9-3.
Yale's No. 5 Catherine McLeod upset her teammate, No. 4 Amy Gross, in the quarterfinal round in a match where she initially was down two games to none. The freshman battled back against the sophomore to win 0-9, 8-10, 9-5, 9-2, 9-2.
McLeod then faced Helal in the semis, falling 9-4, 9-1, 7-9, 9-7 in a strong showing against the current No. 1 in the country.
Quibell and Helal will play their championship match tomorrow at 2:15 p.m. at St. Lawrence University.
Report by Katie Baker '05, Yale Sports Publicity Department