NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The Yale women's squash team finished fourth in the two-day Ivy League Fall Scrimmage, gaining valuable experience they can use in the regular season.
The team opened the weekend with a dominant 8-1 win over Cornell. Seniors Selena Maity and Jocelyn Lehman led the way on Saturday's first match, stepping into leadership roles to aid Senior Captain Jen Davis, who is returning from a stress fracture and still not ready to compete. Junior Celine Yeap and Sophomores Lucy Beecroft and Helen Teegan also had solid wins over the Big Red, while First Years Riya Mital and Aishwarya Bhattachrya picked up their first wins in the program.
Harvard, the reigning National and Ivy League Champion, blanked Yale in the semi-finals 9-0. Yale picked up some games and pressed the best team in the country, forcing the Crimson to play at their best. Harvard is the clear pre-season favorite to defend their title.
The Yale Women lost a tight 5-4 match to Penn on Sunday in the playoff for third place. Penn entered the event as the number two seed, but were upset by Princeton. First Years Aishwarya Bhattachrya and Rita Mital posted wins along with Senior Selena Maity and Sophomore Jessica Yacobucci. Last year Penn beat Yale 8-1 in the regular season and the improvement overall was definite, showing Yale's growth over time.
The Yale women will not open their regular season until the first week of December, leaving plenty of time for the Bulldogs to get into their training. The coaching staff are excited to use the results from this weekend to work on the areas where the women need to improve.