Yale Sweeps Amherst To Start Season 3-0

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Sunday, the No. 2 Yale women's squash team beat No. 15 Amherst without dropping a game.

Yale was strong at every spot in the lineup, starting at No. 1 with sophomore Kim Hay. Hay knocked off Amherst's Arielle Lehman 11-4, 11-9, 11-5, in what would turn out to be the closest match played between the two teams.  At No. 2, senior captain Rhetta Nadas only dropped three games against Kate Savage, and at No. 3 junior Katie Ballaine beat Anne Piper 11-2, 11-6, 11-1.  At number four, sophomore Gwen Tilghman (in photo) beat Chandler Lusardi, and at No. 5 fellow sophomore Lillian Fast beat Evelyn Kramer by a score of 11-4, 11-2, 11-3. 

At No. 6, freshman Shihui Mao played her first match of the year and looked to be close to a full recovery, winning each game 11-1.  At No. 7, freshman Anna Harrison topped Mary McNeill 11-2, 11-2, 11-1 to maintain her undefeated freshman season.  At No. 8 freshman Issey Norman-Ross also played her first match of the year, beating Sarah Nyirjesy 11-5, 11-6, 11-2.  Finally, at No. 9, senior Aly Kerr topped Ginny Wheeler 11-2, 11-3, 11-2. 

Yale improved to 3-0 on the season, but is yet to face a top ten ranked opponent.  That will be rectified this coming weekend, with matches against Stanford, Cornell, Williams and Trinity all coming in the next ten days.

 
 

Yale (W) def. Amherst (W), 9-0

1. Kim Hay (Y) def. Arielle Lehman (A), 3-0 (11-4, 11-9, 11-5)

2. Rhetta Nadas (Y) def. Kate Savage (A), 3-0 (11-2, 11-1, 11-0)

3. Katie Ballaine (Y) def. Anne Piper (A), 3-0 (11-2, 11-6, 11-1)

4. Gwen Tilghman (Y) def. Chandler Lusardi (A), 3-0 (11-2, 11-5, 11-4)

5. Lillian Fast (Y) def. Evelyn Kramer (A), 3-0 (11-4, 11-2, 11-3)

6. Shihui Mao (Y) def. Lena Rice (A), 3-0 (11-1, 11-1, 11-1)

7. Anna Harrison (Y) def. Mary Katherine McNeill 3-0 (11-2, 11-2, 11-1)

8. Issey Norman-Ross (Y) def. Sarah Nyirjesy (A), 3-0 (11-5, 11-6, 11-2)

9. Aly Kerr (Y) def. Ginny Wheeler (A), 3-0 (11-2, 11-3, 11-2)

 

Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity

Gwen Tilghman image by dspics.com


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