No. 5 Bulldogs Upset No. 4 Tigers

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Shihui Mao. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Princeton, N.J. — The No. 5 Yale Bulldogs ended their road trip on a high note Sunday with a 5-4 upset of the No. 4 Princeton Tigers at the Jadwin Squash Courts in Princeton, N.J.

The win gives Yale (13-2, 3-1 Ivy) its first win against a higher-ranked opponent this year, coming a day after the Bulldogs lost a close contest against No. 3 Penn. The Bulldogs had also previously lost to No. 2 Trinity. The upset victory keeps the Bulldogs in the running for an Ivy League title and will give them confidence heading into next weekend's rivalry matchup against No. 1 Harvard. 

Princeton (7-3, 2-3 Ivy) took the lead in the early going, but a win from sophomore Annie Ballaine at No. 9 kept Yale within striking distance. The Bulldogs rewarded her effort in the second shift. Although Princeton added another win at No. 8, Yale senior Kim Hay and freshman Jenny Scherl won their matches at No. 2 and No. 5 to even the match at 3-3. 

Yale carried the positive momentum over into the final shift, as senior Millie Tomlinson and junior Issey Norman-Ross dropped their opponents in straight sets to seal the match for the Bulldogs.

Yale begins next week on the road again, traveling to Providence on Tuesday to face the No. 10 Brown Bears. Yale will return to the Brady Squash Center on Feb. 7 to duel Harvard in a match with major implications for the Ivy League title and the upcoming Howe Cup. The action will begin at 6 p.m. Friday night.

Report by Evan Brown '16, Yale Sports Publicity

Results: 

Princeton University Rating Yale University Rating Winner's Score Winner Status
1WS Ubina,Maria Elena 0.000 Tomlinson,Millie 0.000 11-2,11-6,12-10 Yale University C
2WS Eyre,Elizabeth 0.000 Hay,Kimberley 0.000 11-5,13-11,11-7 Yale University C
3WS Bunyan,Nicole S. 0.000 Mao,Shihui 0.000 11-7,11-8,11-9 Princeton University C
4WS Leizman,Rachel 0.000 Norman-Ross,Issey 0.000 11-4,11-6,11-6 Yale University C
5WS Lunt,Alexandra K. 0.000 Scherl,Jenny 0.000 11-5,11-8,11-7 Yale University C
6WS Dewey,Hallie 0.000 Fast,Lillian A. 0.000 11-9,6-11,13-11,13-11 Princeton University C
7WS Sawin,Alexandra R 0.000 Tilghman,Gwendoline C 0.000 5-11,11-3,11-8,11-9 Princeton University C
8WS Toth,Alexandra M. 0.000 Mao,Shiyuan 0.000 11-4,7-11,11-8,5-11,11-8 Princeton University C
9WS Harrington,Tara 0.000 Ballaine,Annie Y 0.000 11-9,11-6,2-11,11-7 Yale University C
10WS Saunders,Alexis A. 0.000 Blatchford,Georgia A. 0.000 8-11,11-6,9-11,11-9,11-9 Yale University

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