NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 5 Yale Bulldogs beat the No. 4 Princeton Tigers 6-3 in the opening round of Friday’s Howe Cup tournament at the Brady Squash Center.
The Bulldogs avenged their 5-4 loss to the Tigers on Jan. 30 by winning close matches up and down the ladder. Yale got off to a quick start in the first of the match’s three shifts, taking a 3-0 lead behind a 3-0 win by Sarah Toomey (No. 3) and come-from-behind 3-1 victories by Katie Ballaine (No. 6) and Katie Harrison (No. 9).
In the second shift Princeton turned the tables and evened the match at 3-all. Alia Aziz nearly edged out the win at No. 2, dropping the decisive fifth game 12-10 after losing a 2-1 lead to Princeton’s Julie Cerullo. Princeton’s Neha Kumar and Katherine Giovinazzo each earned 3-0 victories, topping Bulldogs Alexandra Van Arkel and Aly Kerr at the No. 5 and No. 8 positions, respectively.
Win the match tied 3-3, the Bulldogs took control once again in the third shift, winning all three matches and securing a semifinal berth. No. 1 Logan Greer won a 3-0 match against Princeton’s Amanda Siebert, while both Rhetta Nadas (No. 4) and Caroline Reigeluth (No. 7) won 3-1 after dropping the first game of their respective matches.
The Bulldogs’ win advances the team to the first of Saturday’s national semifinals, where they will play the No. 1 Harvard Crimson. The Crimson defeated No. 8 Williams 9-0 on Friday in opening round play. In Yale’s final regular-season match, the Crimson topped the Bulldogs 7-2.
Saturday’s match will take place at 11:30 a.m. at Yale’s Brady Squash Center. The Bulldogs will look to use their momentum and home-court advantage to upset the nation’s top team.
report filed by Alex Milvae '12, Yale Sports Publicity