Yale Tops Princeton 7-2 to Stay Undefeated

Shihui Mao. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Shihui Mao. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

PRINCETON, New Jersey – Saturday, the No. 2 Yale women's squash topped No. 4 Princeton to improve to 13-0 on the season and 4-0 in the Ivy League.

The victory places featured a number of intense battles, starting with sophomore Millie Tomlinson, ranked No 1 nationally, in the No. 1 spot against No. 3 ranked Julie Cerullo.  Tomlinson lost the first game 11-4, but came back strong in the second and third games, winning 11-7 and 11-9.  Cerullo took the fourth game 11-6, but Tomlinson closed the door with an 11-4 victory to take the match.

At No. 2, No. 13 ranked Elizabeth Eyre topped sophomore and No. 15 ranked Kim Hay in three sets. 

Yale won in the Nos. 3-5 spots, but none of the matches were easy wins.  Senior captain Rhetta Nadas topped freshman Nicole Bunyan in four sets at No. 3.  At No. 4, No. 56 senior Alexandra van Arkel lost the first game 12-10, but came back strong to win the next three over No. 36 ranked Katie Giovinazzo.  No. 47 junior Katie Ballaine beat No. 32 ranked Alexis Saunders in five games, winning the first two and then the final game after letting Saunders come back to even the store. 

Yale's second lost match came at No. 6 with sophomore Gwen Tilghman falling in straight games to the higher ranked Alexandra Sawin.  After that, however, Yale won each match at Nos. 7-9.  No. 68 ranked sophomore Lilly Fast won in five sets over freshman Hallie Dewey, winning the second, third, and fifth games to extend her 13 match winning streak.  Fast hasn't lost since last February 12, against Harvard.  Freshman Shihui Mao knocked off No. 44 Casey Cortes in four sets, winning her most impressive match so far at Yale.  She was matched by fellow freshman Issey Norman-Ross, who won in straight games at No. 9 over Alexandra Lunt. 

Sunday, Yale will travel to No. 3 Penn to attempt to extend their winning streak.


Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity