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Bulldogs Look To Rebound In 2007-2008

Bulldogs Look To Rebound In 2007-2008

Nov. 8, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After a run of three national championships in four years, the Yale women's squash team is once again looking to compete for the top spot in the country after last year's fourth place finish in the Ivy League. The Bulldogs begin their season with the Ivy Scrimmage this weekend at the Brady Squash Center.

Yale is led by three seniors who all contributed to the championship teams, and who will play crucial roles in leading the team back to top form. Miranda Ranieri is one of the top players in the country, and is looking to compete for a CSA individual championship in addition to helping Yale compete for a team title. She is joined by Sarah Barenbaum and Elisabeth Hill, both of whom will play key roles in the Yale lineup.

Juniors Jessica Balderston and Tara Wadhwa have both continued to improve, and they'll have to, as both are expected to step up and play higher in the Yale lineup this season.

The three sophomores have also had to move up in the lineup, and are facing tough challenges. Second Team All-American Alia Aziz is currently working to get back for a majority of the season after sustaining an injury during the summer. Aziz's return figures to be a huge factor in Yale's success, as she is expected to play in the top three of the Bulldog lineup. Kaitlin Vinci and Katharine Ettinger are also expected to step up this year, and both players are working to elevate their games to fill spots in the top nine.

The freshman class is quite strong, with four women joining the team. Led by Logan Greer, ranked No. 1 in the U.S. Juniors, she is joined by Sarah Toomey, who represented the United States in the World Jr. Championships held in Hong Kong this past summer. Caroline Reigeluth is also a top-ranked junior who figures to play a key role during her freshman year. Anna Doud is the fourth member of this very deep freshman class.

This Yale squad is the smallest team the Bulldogs have had in a number of years, but the team's depth in the middle and bottom of its lineup should bode well for a comeback season. Though the Bulldogs have graduated a number of talented players over the past two seasons, led by Ranieri and the quality freshman class, Yale should strongly contend for both Ivy and national titles during the 2007-08 season.

After the Ivy Scrimmage, Yale will host Stanford next Friday, Nov. 16, when former Yale Coach Mark Talbott will square off with his brother, current Yale Coach Dave Talbott.

Report filed by David Sherfinski '08, Yale Sports Publicity