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Bulldogs Sweep Stanford, Improve to 4-0

Rhetta Nadas. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Rhetta Nadas. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Friday, No. 2 Yale topped No. 6 Stanford 9-0 at the Brady Squash Center.

Yale played with a previously unseen lineup, as the returns to health of freshmen Shihui Mao and Issey Norman-Ross allowed Coach David Talbott to finally play the team he recruited. 

At No. 1, sophomore and No.1 player in the nation Millie Tomlinson topped Stanford's No. 9 Pamela Chua 11-3, 11-3, 11-4 to win with relative ease.

Sophomore Kim Hay won her match at No. 2 3-1, dropping the third set but otherwise never allowing her opponent, Kerry Sample, to score more than five points.

At No. 3, senior captain and No. 33 ranked Rhetta Nadas played the most exciting match of the day, falling behind 5-11, 10-12 to No. 38 Kyla Sherwood before coming back and winning the next games by slim margins, 11-9, 11-9, 11-7 to take the match.

Next, senior Alexandra van Arkel won three close games 12-10, 11-8, 11-8 to top Kathryn Corelli.

At No. 5, junior Katie Ballaine won 11-4, 11-6, 5-11, 11-4 to top Aditi Maliwal.

Sophomore Gwen Tilghman beat Serena Fagan easily, 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 to take the match in the No. 6 spot.

Next, sophomore Lilly Fast dropped the first game before coming back to win the next three and take the match.

At Nos. 8 and 9, freshmen Shihui Mao and Issey Norman-Ross both won.  Mao did so in slightly easier fashion, not allowing her opponent more than seven points in any game, but Ross was also able to pull away after dropping the first game 9-11. 

All of Yale's players are undefeated on the season, as is the team.  They will seek to keep that streak alive Saturday, with their match against Cornell.


Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity