March 7, 2004
Michelle Quibell capped off Yale's perfect season with an individual victory in the championships of the CSA Individuals. Her third victory of the season over Trinity's Amina Helal earned Quibell the first individual national championship by an Eli since 1991.
"It's the perfect way to finish off an undefeated season," said Quibell, who also defeated Helal in the finals of the Betty Constable Individuals tournament and in Yale's Jan. 21 upset victory over the Bantams.
While Quibell was seeded No. 2 going into the tournament, Yale head coach Mark Talbott said she was a favorite to win.
"I'm very happy for Michelle. She deserves it and was clearly the best player in college squash," he said.
"It's the perfect way to finish off an undefeated season."
National Champion Michelle Quibell
Quibell became the first player since Berkeley Belknap in 1991 to win the national title, and she did so against a highly skilled opponent that until this year had not lost to the sophomore Bulldog.
"Amina did not play as well as she had in the past," Quibell said. "I was focused, determined, and well-prepared. I was very patient and tried to put a lot of pressure on her. I went for the openings to move her around, hoping she would buckle under the pressure and make a mistake."
With that, there is nothing the Bulldogs did not win this year. The team went undefeated, capturing the Ivy League title, regular season national championship, and Howe Cup. In addition, Quibell won the Constable tournament and the national title.