WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Saturday, the Yale women's squash team improved to 3-0 with 9-0 sweeps against Colby and Williams.
No. 21 Colby was up first. The Bulldogs ended up puling off an easy 9-0 victory against the lower-ranked White Mules.
In the match against No. 10 Williams, the Bulldogs dropped only three games en route to their 9-0 victory. Senior captain Katie Ballaine played at No. 1, where she topped No. 67 Laura Henry (Ballaine is No. 28 in the rankings) 13-11, 11-8, 11-6. Sophomore Shihui Mao, ranked No. 38, knocked off No. 50 Alli Rubin in the second spot 11-5, 11-5, 11-7. Playing at No. 3, junior Gwen Tilghman played an epic first game against Ellie O'Neill, eventually triumphing 18-16. After that battle the match stayed close, but Tilghman took the second game 11-9 and the third 11-5 to sweep her way to victory.
In the fourth spot was No. 40-ranked junior Lilly Fast, who topped No. 98 Alyssa Northrup. Northrup got off to an early lead, taking the first game 11-8, but Fast bounced back to win the final three 11-5, 11-9, 12-10. In the fifth spot sophomore Issey Norman-Ross topped Nicole Feshbach easily, winning 11-5, 11-6, 11-7. Senior Katie Harrison was at No. 6, and came away with an 11-5, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7 victory in a hard-fought battle against Caroline Sawin.
The younger subset of the Yale team got into the action in the Nos. 7-9 spots, beginning with sophomore Anna Harrison, playing against Hannah Kaemmer. Harrison took the victory in four games, with only a hiccup in the third game interrupting her 11-4, 11-8, 8-11, 11-7 march to a win. At No. 8, another younger sibling in Annie Ballaine took on Mia Fry, winning by a dominant score of 11-3, 11-0, 11-4 in her first collegiate action. At No. 9, fellow freshman Georgia Blatchford took an 11-4, 11-5, 12-10 win over Lily Grant to complete the Bulldog sweep. Finally, playing at no. 10, junior Coco Siebert won 11-6, 13-11, 11-4 against Hailey Newbound.
|Rating||Yale University||Rating||Winner's Score||Winner||Status|
|1WS||Henry,Laura E||0.000||Ballaine,Katie W||0.000||13-11,11-8,11-6||Yale University||C|
|2WS||Rubin,Alli l||0.000||Mao,Shihui||0.000||11-5,11-5,11-7||Yale University||C|
|3WS||O'neill,Ellie||0.000||Tilghman,Gwendoline C||0.000||18-16,11-9,11-5||Yale University||C|
|4WS||Northrop,Alyssa||0.000||Fast,Lillian A.||0.000||8-11,11-5,11-9,12-10||Yale University||C|
|5WS||Feshbach,Nicole D.||0.000||Norman-Ross,Issey||0.000||11-5,11-6,11-7||Yale University||C|
|6WS||Sawin,Caroline C||0.000||Harrison,Katie A||0.000||11-5,8-11,11-6,11-7||Yale University||C|
|7WS||Kaemmer,Hannah M||0.000||Harrison,Anne||0.000||11-4,11-8,8-11,11-7||Yale University||C|
|8WS||Fry,Mia A||0.000||Ballaine,Annie Y||0.000||11-3,11-0,11-4||Yale University||C|
|9WS||Grant,Lily||0.000||Blatchford,Georgia A.||0.000||11-4,11-5,12-10||Yale University||C|
|10WS||Newbound,Hailey H.||0.000||Siebert,Coco||0.000||11-6,13-11,11-4||Yale University||C|
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity