No. 5 Bulldogs Wrap Up Howe Cup With Victory Over No. 6 Cornell in Consolation Final

Katie Ballaine. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Katie Ballaine. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Sunday, the Yale women's squash team finished their season with a 6-3 win over the Cornell Big Red in the finals of the Howe Cup consolation bracket.

After a 9-0 victory over No. 8 Brown on Saturday, the No. 5-ranked Bulldogs were matched up against No. 6 Cornell in a rematch of a regular season showdown that the Bulldogs took, in a bit of foreshadowing, 6-3.

Sunday's match started off in favor of the Bulldogs, with sophomores Shihui Mao and Issey Norman-Ross sweeping their matches at Nos. 3 and 6, respectively.  Mao, ranked No. 38, was up against No. 20 Jaime Laird, and won 12-10, 11-7, 11-8 in an impressive performance.  Norman-Ross was facing Maggie Remsen, and after a closely contested 11-9 first game, took over and finished Remsen off 11-5 and 11-4.  Cornell, though, tightened the score to 2-1 at No. 9, where Teur Odinak beat senior Katie Harrison 11-7, 10-12, 12-10, 11-4. 

In the second rotation, Yale once again came out on top, 2-1.  Senior captain Katie Ballaine was playing at No. 2 against Jesse Pacheco, ranked No. 26 to Ballaine's No. 28.  Pacheco took the first game easily, 11-2, but Ballaine came back 14-12 in the second to even the score.  Unfortunately for Yale, Pacheco took over the rest of the way, finishing the match 11-8, 11-7.  Ballaine's loss was more than made up for by junior Lilly Fast at No. 5 and by freshman Anne Ballaine in the eighth spot.  Fast topped Rachel Au 11-8, 11-8, 11-7, but the younger Ballaine had a much harder time.  Facing Lindsay Seginson, Ballaine had to go all the way to five games to finish the match, eventually taking the fifth game 11-5.

Up 4-2, the Bulldogs needed only one more win from Nos. 1, 4 and 7 to win the match.  They would get two, from junior Millie Tomlinson at No. 1 and sophomore Anna Harrison at No. 7.  The No. 2-ranked Tomlinson topped Danielle Letourneau, ranked No. 9 nationally, by a score of 11-3, 12-10, 13-11.  Harrison was playing Brynn Daniels, and came away with a 11-8, 13-11, 11-4 win to further extend Yale's margin of victory.  Junior Gwen Tilghman fell 11-1, 12-10, 11-6 to Abbey Foster, but the Bulldog victory was unthreatened by the loss.

In the rest of the tournament, No. 4 Trinity followed up their win over Yale to upset No. 1 Princeton 6-3 on Saturday.  The Bantams came up just short in the final against Harvard, falling 5-4 to give the Crimson their second consecutive national championship.

While team play is done for the 2012-13 season, the CSA Individual Championships are still yet to come, with play scheduled to start March 1 at Trinity College in Hartford. 

Singles  Send To Excel    Indicates Winner

  Yale University Rating Cornell University Rating Winner's Score Winner Status
1WS Tomlinson,Millie 0.000 Letourneau,Danielle C 0.000 11-3,12-10,13-11 Yale University C
2WS Ballaine,Katie W 0.000 Pacheco,Jesse 0.000 11-2,12-14,11-8,11-7 Cornell University C
3WS Mao,Shihui 0.000 Laird,Jaime M 0.000 12-10,11-7,11-8 Yale University C
4WS Tilghman,Gwendoline C 0.000 Foster,Abbey P. 0.000 11-1,12-10,11-6 Cornell University C
5WS Fast,Lillian A. 0.000 Au,Rachel KH 0.000 11-8,11-8,11-7 Yale University C
6WS Norman-Ross,Issey 0.000 Remsen,Maggie 0.000 11-9,11-5,11-4 Yale University C
7WS Harrison,Anne 0.000 Daniels,Brynn C. 0.000 11-8,13-11,11-4 Yale University C
8WS Ballaine,Annie Y 0.000 Seginson,Lindsay M. 0.000 11-6,13-11,11-8,6-11,11-5 Yale University C
9WS Harrison,Katie 0.000 Odinak,Reut 0.000 11-7,10-12,12-10,11-4 Cornell University C

Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity