HANOVER, NH – Friday, the No. 2 Yale women's squash team knocked off the last obstacle between it and a match with No. 1 Harvard for all the marbles with a 9-0 victory over No. 8 Dartmouth.
Yale managed to beat Dartmouth while only dropping two games total. No. 1 ranked sophomore Millie Tomlinson took care of No. 34 Corey Schaefer in three games, and fellow sophomore Kim Hay did the same at No. 2 against No. 60 Rebecca Lau.
At No. 3, senior captain Rhetta Nadas lost the first game to Sarah Loucks, but came back to win the next three easily and take the match. At No. 4 fellow senior Alexandra van Arkel dropped the second game but won the other three against Melina Turk.
At the Nos. 5-9 spots the Bulldogs won every single game. Junior Katie Ballaine was at No. 5, sophomore Gwen Tilghman was at No. 6, and freshman Shihui Mao was at No. 7. Mao has played at No. 8 for most of the season, but in this match jumped above sophomore Lilly Fast, who played at No. 8. Fast beat Julia Watson, and was followed at No. 9 by freshman Issey Norman-Ross, who topped Helena Darling.
The victory puts the Bulldogs at 15-0 on the season and 6-0 in the Ivy League, while Harvard is 12-0 and could improve to 13-0 if they top Brown in their Friday matchup.
Fans can come to the Brady Squash Center in Payne Whitney Gymnasium on Sunday at 1 p.m. to watch the showdown between the Crimson and Bulldogs. The No. 1 ranking, the Ivy League crown, and an undefeated season are on the line. This situation also occurred last year, but the final match was at Harvard instead of Yale.
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity