March 4, 2012

Mao Takes Holleran Division Title, Tomlinson Falls to Sohby in Ramsay Final Showdown

AMHERST, Mass. - Yale sophomore Millie Tomlinson took down a couple players from No. 1 Harvard en route to her berth in the Ramsay division title, but met her match in the Crimson's No. 1 Amanda Sohby Sunday. Sohby bested the reigning national champion in three games to take the individual title. Yale freshman Shuihui Mao took home the Holleran Division Championship with a win over Princeton's Alexandra Lunt. 

Mao was one of two Bulldogs to make the 'B' division's final four, along with freshman Issey Norman-Ross, who fell in a tough semifinal match against Trinity's Robyn Hodgson. Norman-Ross opened up a 2-1 lead in that match before Hodgson stormed back and into the finals. 

But taking down two Yalies in one day proved too tough for Hodgson, who grabbed the first and third games in another five-game match; ultimately, Mao was too tough for her in-state rival, and took home the title after missing much of the early part of the season with injury.

While the result didn't go Yale's way Sunday, Tomlinson and Sohby are poised to have quite the rivalry over the next three years. Sohby, seemingly, has yet to break a sweat in her unblemished college career, something Tomlinson did as she stormed through college squash in her freshman season last year. She and the Bulldogs are now done for the 2011-12 season, able to focus their attention on dethroning Harvard in 2013.

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity