Eight Bulldogs Set for CSA Individual Championships

Gwen Tilghman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Gwen Tilghman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — This weekend, eight women will represent Yale at the College Squash Association Individual Championships in Philadelphia.

The large Bulldog contingent makes Yale one of the best-represented teams at the event — only trailing co-hosts Penn, who will send nine players, and Princeton, who will send 10. Yale defeated both squads last weekend on its way to a third-place finish at the Howe Cup team championships. Five of Yale's players will participate in the Ramsay Cup, the tournament's top division. The other three Bulldogs will compete in the second division, the Holleran Cup.

Leading the way for Yale will be No. 3 senior Millie Tomlinson. Tomlinson (7-3) tore through the top flight her freshman year, winning all five of her matches without dropping a single game on the way to an individual national championship. Tomlinson has come up just short twice since her first campaign — losing to current No. 1 Amanda Sobhy of Harvard in the final two years ago and dropping a semifinal match last year against the current No. 2 seed, Trinity's Kanzy El Defrawy. Tomlinson will look to overcome her rivals in her last chance to repeat her 2011 title.

Tomlinson will have plenty of company in the first division, with senior Kim Hay, junior Shihui Mao, junior Issey-Norman Ross and freshman Jenny Scherl all also competing for the Ramsay Cup.

No. 10 Hay posted a 4-4 record this season, but often faced tough competition in the second position. She returns to the contest after missing it due to injury last year. 

No. 16 Mao (8-4) will look to build on her history of postseason success, beginning when she won the Holleran Cup as a freshman. Last season, competing in the top division, she won one match before falling to Tomlinson.

Norman-Ross, ranked No. 18, will compete in the Ramsay division for the first time. She compiled a 10-2 record at No. 4 for the Bulldogs this season. No. 24 Scherl will be making her tournament debut after a 10-3 season.

Yale will be represented in the Holleran division by senior Gwen Tilghman, freshman Shiyuan Mao and sophomore Annie Ballaine, ranked No. 34, 37 and 44 respectively. Mao (13-0) and Ballaine (14-0) will look to maintain the undefeated records they have built this season in Yale's eighth and ninth spots.

The action begins Friday and concludes on Sunday. Updates will be available on the CSA website throughout the weekend.

Report by Evan Brown '16, Yale Sports Publicity