NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale women's squash team honored several members at its end-of-year banquet to celebrate a season in which the Bulldogs posted a 15-3 regular season record and finished third in the nation.
Freshman Jenny Scherl received the John A. Blum award, presented to the player who "by her character and personal growth" made a significant contribution to the team during the season. In her first year of collegiate play, Scherl dominated the No. 5 spot, with a 16-0 regular season record that included wins against all seven Ivy League opponents.
Sophomore Annie Ballaine earned the Hunt Welch Award as the team's most improved player. Competing in the No. 7, 8 and 9 slots, Ballaine went 14-0 in the regular season and reached the quarterfinals of the Holleran Division at the CSA Individual Championships to end the season ranked No. 48.
The Coach's Special Award, given to the player who through her "sportsmanship and determination" does the most for women's squash at Yale, went to senior captain Lilly Fast. Fast showed this determination in a number of hotly contested matches, most notably in the Bulldogs' Howe Cup matchup against Princeton. With the contest tied 4-4 and Yale's season on the line, Fast fought back from a 2-0 deficit to earn a decisive 3-2 win that sent Yale to the national semifinals.
Two Bulldogs shared the Most Valuable Player honor: seniors Millie Tomlinson and Kim Hay. Yale's top two, ranked No. 3 and 11 in the country, led the team throughout the season with stellar individual play. Tomlinson posted a 9-3 record despite facing the toughest possible opposition in the No. 1 position. She reached the national semifinals at the CSA Individual Championships and was named as a First Team All-Ivy and All-American selection for the fourth consecutive year. This is the third consecutive season that Tomlinson has been honored as Most Valuable Player. Hay rebounded from an injury that curtailed her 2012-2013 campaign to go 9-2 (6-1 Ivy) this year and also received postseason recognition (First Team All-Ivy, Second Team All-American). Both players' contributions at the top of the lineup gave Yale a consistent edge throughout the season.
Report by Evan Brown '16, Yale Sports Publicity