No. 3 Bulldogs, No. 2 Tigers to Square Off Saturday

Jan. 28, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 3 Bulldogs will host the No. 2 Tigers Saturday at the Brady Squash Center in a match that will be available to watch via free live online video stream. The match against Princeton will have Ivy League Title implications as both Yale and Princeton enter the match with unblemished Ivy League records.

Yale will try to improve to 13-1 this season when it hosts Princeton on Saturday. The Bulldogs picked up four victories last weekend when they hosted the Yale Round Robin. Yale's only loss to date was to No. 1 Trinity.

The Bulldogs have remained undefeated in league play this season with victories over Ivy League rivals Cornell, Penn, and Dartmouth.

Scouting Princeton
Whereas Yale pulled out a 5-4 win over Cornell this season, Princeton did not lose a match in its 9-0 victory over Cornell. In fact, the Tigers have won all their matches 9-0 so far this season and currently have a 7-0 record this season.

The Bulldogs have seen Princeton already once this season in the finals of the Ivy League scrimmage. In this match, Princeton defeated Yale 7-2. With almost all the season under their belt now, the Bulldogs hope to defeat Princeton when it matters.

History Lesson
Princeton is the reigning Ivy League squash champions. Last season, the Bulldogs lost twice to the Tigers. In the regular season, Yale was shut out in an away match at Princeton 9-0. In the semifinals of the national championship, the Tigers defeated the Bulldogs 7-2.

Yale's last victory over Princeton came Feb. 4, 2006, when No. 1 player Julian Illingworth `06 led the Bulldogs to a 5-4 upset over the Tigers. When Yale and Princeton met again in the CSA Teams later that season, Princeton won 8-1 in the semifinals.

Ivy League Scrimmage
Yale finished second in the Ivy Scrimmage this season at Yale Nov. 8 and 9. The Bulldogs cruised to a 9-0 win over Brown in their opening match before defeating Cornell 5-4. Yale dropped its final match of the Ivy League Scrimmage to defending Ivy League champion Princeton 7-2.

Alumni Weekend
In addition to being a key match for Yale, this weekend will mark alumni weekend for the Bulldogs. Following the match against Princeton, Yale will host a reception for alumni and friends in the Kiphuth Trophy Room.

Report Filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity

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