Yale Prepares for Matches With Trinity, Mount Holyoke

Katie Ballaine. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Katie Ballaine. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Wednesday, No. 2 Yale will face off against No. 5 Trinity, before travelling on Saturday to play against No. 13 Mount Holyoke. 

The Trinity matchup will be Yale's toughest test of the season to date, although over the past weekend the Bulldogs knocked off the No. 6 team in Stanford as well as the No. 7 team in Cornell.

Trinity's men's squash team hasn't lost a match since 1998, and while the women's team isn't quite at the same level of excellence, victory over their squad is always a challenge.   That trend will continue on Wednesday, as Yale will have to defeat Trinity's grouping of six top-100 players, including three in the top 26. 

Those three are all sophomores, which sets them up for long term competition with Yale's top two players, No. 1 Millie Tomlinson and No. 15 Kim Hay, both sophomores as well.  Yale also boasts five other players ranked in the top 70 with No. 33 Rhetta Nadas, No. 46 Gwen Tilghman, No. 47 Katie Ballaine, No. 56 Alexandra van Arkel and No. 68 Lillian Fast

As a team, Yale is 7-0, with a 48-1 record in individual matches.

Saturday, Yale will travel to play Mount Holyoke.  The No. 13 squad in the nation will not offer quite the same challenge as Trinity, but nonetheless the Lyons boast three of last season's top 100 players, with No. 52 Randima Ranaweera checking in as the team's best returner.

This match will be streamed online live on Yale All-Access.  Fans can find more information here.


Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity