November 12, 2006

Yale Hosts Ivy Scrimmage To Open Season

Nov. 12, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The three-time defending national champion Yale women's squash team opened its 2006-2007 season this weekend by hosting the Ivy Scrimmage at the Brady Squash Center. The Bulldogs finished fourth, picking up a win against Ivy All-Stars in the first round before dropping close matches to Penn and Harvard.

In the first round, Yale steamrolled through a group of Ivy All-Stars, selected to form the eighth team in the tournament because Columbia does not have a varsity squash program. The Bulldogs swept the All-Stars 9-0, with six of the nine victories coming in straight sets. Freshman Alia Aziz won a tough 3-2 match against Penn's Caitlin Russell to kick off her Yale squash career.

The second round, however, proved more difficult, as Yale fell to Penn in a close 5-4 match. Four of the top five seeds won for Yale, but Penn dominated at the bottom of the lineup to take the match. The highlight for Yale was No. 1 Miranda Ranieri, who battled back from two games down to defeat Christina Lange in five. Ranieri is no stranger to comebacks. She fell behind 2-0 to Harvard's Audrey Duboc in a match two years ago, only to come back to win and clinch Yale's second straight national title.

The top half of the lineup did not fare as well in the Bulldogs' third-place match against Harvard, however, as Yale fell 6-3 to the Crimson. Catherine McLeod was able to pick up a 3-0 win against Jennifer Blumburg in the No. 2 slot, Kate Rapisarda defeated Lydia Williams 3-0 at No. 5, and No. 8 Sarah Barenbaum won a tough 3-2 match against Sandra Mumanaschit to round out the Eli wins.

The Bulldogs will be back in action on Dec. 2, when they kick off their regular season at home against Penn.

Results:
v. All-Stars (W, 9-0)
No. 1 Catherine McLeod (Y) def. Carly Gradowski (Princeton), 3-0
No. 2 Lauren McCrery (Y) def. Margaret Kent (Princeton), 3-1
No. 3 Alia Aziz (Y) def. Caitlin Russell (Penn), 3-2
No. 4 Kate Rapisarda (Y) def. Sarah Thorndike (Harvard), 3-0
No. 5 Tara Wadhwa (Y) def. Kaitlin Vinci (Y), 3-0
No. 6 Jessica Balderston (Y) def. Katharine Ettinger (Y), 3-0
No. 7 Elisabeth Hill (Y) def. Danielle Fuschetti (Dartmouth), 3-0
No. 8 Katie Mandel (Y) def. Elizabeth Weintraub (Dartmouth), 3-1
No. 9 Sarah Barenbaum (Y) def. Juliana McKittrick (Brown), 3-0

v. Penn (L, 5-4)
No. 1 Miranda Ranieri (Y) def. Kristen Lange (P), 3-2
No. 2 Catherine McLeod (Y) def. Sydney Scout (P), 3-2
No. 3 Paula Pierson (P) def. Lauren McCrery (Y), 3-0
No. 4 Alia Aziz (Y) def. Radica Ahluwalia (P), 3-0
No. 5 Kate Rapisarda (Y) def. Britt Hebden (P), 3-1
No. 6 Alisha Turner (P) def. Tara Wadhwa (Y), 3-0
No. 7 Tara Charla (P) def. Jessica Balderston (Y), 3-0
No. 8 Lauralynn Drury (P) def. Sarah Barenbaum (Y), 3-0
No. 9 Christina Matthias (P) def. Elisabeth Hill (Y), 3-2

v. Harvard (L, 6-3)
No. 1 Kyla Grigg (H) def. Miranda Ranieri (Y), 3-1
No. 2 Catherine McLeod (Y) def. Jennifer Blumberg (H), 3-0
No. 3 Supriya Balsekar (H) def. Lauren McCrery (Y), 3-2
No. 4 Audrey Duboc (H) def. Alia Aziz (Y), 3-2
No. 5 Kate Rapisarda (Y) def. Lydia Williams (H), 3-0
No. 6 Katherine O'Donnell (H) def. Tara Wadhwa (Y), 3-1
No. 7 Johanna Snyder (H) def. Jessica Balderston (Y), 3-2
No. 8 Sarah Barenbaum (Y) def. Sandra Mumanaschit (H), 3-2
No. 9 Charlene Neo (H) def. Elisabeth Hill (Y), 3-0

Report filed by David Sherfinski '08, Yale Sports Publicity