January 6, 2009

Yale to Play Four Matches This Weekend

Jan. 6, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale will kick off the New Year this weekend after a one-month layoff without any matches and play Amherst, Williams, Dartmouth, and Stanford. Mark Talbott, former Yale head coach and the brother of current head coach David Talbott, is the head coach at Stanford.

In their only match of the season to date, Yale dropped a 5-4 decision to Ivy League rival Penn. Underclassmen were the main story for the Bulldogs in the match as freshmen and sophomores started in six of the nine starting spots. Sophomore Sarah Toomey pulled out a 3-2 win at No. 2, and freshmen Rhetta Nadas and Alexandra Kerr began their Yale careers with victories at No. 4 and No. 8, respectively. Junior Alia Aziz won her match in convincing fashion at No. 3 with a 3-0 victory.

History Lessons
Last season, the Bulldogs opened their season against Stanford and defeated them 9-0. Lily Lorentzen, Stanford's No. 1 player, enters her senior year. Before playing for Stanford, Lorentzen was No. 1 for Harvard as a freshman.

Yale faced Williams and Amherst in the regular season last year as well. The Bulldogs defeated Williams 7-2 and Amherst 9-0 last season. The Bulldogs took on Dartmouth twice last season, once in the regular season and once in the Howe Cup. Yale defeated Dartmouth 8-1 in the regular season before defeating them 9-0 in the Howe Cup.

Ivy League Scrimmage
The Bulldogs finished in fourth place at this year's Ivy League Scrimmage. After defeating Brown 9-0 in their opening match, the Bulldogs dropped their second round match to Penn 5-4. In its final match of the Scrimamge, Yale dropped a 5-4 decision to Princeton.

Report Filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity