No. 5 Bulldogs Look To Hand No. 1 Harvard First Loss

The Yale huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 5 Yale Bulldogs will host the undefeated No. 1 Harvard Crimson this Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Brady Squash Center.  For fans unable to attend the match, a live audio and video stream featuring the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 players will be available via Yale All-Access at yalebulldogs.com.

Yale (9-3, 3-2 Ivy) will attempt to end the perfect season of Harvard (8-0, 5-0 Ivy).  The Crimson's closest match so far this season was a 6-3 victory over Princeton on Feb. 7. 

While Harvard will be the favorite on Saturday afternoon, the Bulldogs will have at least one factor going in their favor.  The crowd at the Brady Squash Center is expected to be large, providing the Bulldogs with a sizeable home-court advantage.  The Bulldogs played arguably their best match of the season in a 5-4 loss to No. 2 Trinity at home on Jan. 20 in front of the largest crowd of the season. 

If the Bulldogs can step up to the challenge, they might be able to play the role of spoiler.  While Yale cannot win the Ivy League title, a Harvard loss would even the Crimson's record with that of No. 3 Penn.

Saturday will be particularly meaningful for Yale's three seniors, who will be playing the final regular-season match of their college careers.  Alia Aziz, Katharine Ettinger and Kaitlin Vinci will look to end their Ivy careers with a victory over the Bulldogs' archrival.  

report filed by Alex Milvae '12, Yale Sports Publicity