NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Friday, the Yale women's squash team will host Franklin & Marshall at the Brady Squash Center in a matchup of the No. 2 team in the country – Yale – and No. 15, in the Diplomats.
Yale is coming off of a second place finish in the Ivy Scrimmages, where the team fell to No. 5 Penn in a surprisingly Harvard-free final. Harvard last season topped the Bulldogs in the national championship, and is currently ranked No. 1 nationally.
In this week's matchup, Yale will pit its eight ranked players against Franklin & Marshall's five. Of the ranked Bulldogs, seven are in the top 45, while the top Diplomat, Roxana Mead, comes in at No. 84. Mead is joined in the rankings by teammates Halley Cruice, ranked No. 123, No. 130 Erin Golueke and No. 142 Chelsea Ross. Last year the Diplomats finished 11-10, and this year they are off to a 2-1 start. That loss came at the hands of No. 4 Princeton, a team the Bulldogs topped 5-4 in the Ivy Scrimmages.
On the other side, representing Yale, will be junior Millie Tomlinson at No. 2. Since losing her first collegiate match, Tomlinson has only ever lost to Harvard's Amanda Sobhy, one of the world's best players already despite being just a sophomore. Tomlinson is coming off of a victory in the British Premier Squash League with her hometown team of Benz Bavarian Duffield. Also playing for the Bulldogs will be junior Kim Hay, ranked No. 6, and fellow junior Gwen Tilghman, ranked No. 24 nationally. Senior captain Katie Ballaine is No. 28, and sophomore Shihui Mao is ranked No. 38. No. 40 Lilly Fast, a junior, and sophomore Issey Norman-Ross, ranked No. 41, round out the pack of regulars from last season, but No. 82 Anna Harrison also impressed in limited opportunities.
Yale has faced Franklin & Marshall early in the squash season in three consecutive years, winning each matchup 9-0 against the Diplomats.
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity.