January 6, 2007

Bulldogs Go 3-0 In Maine

Jan. 6, 2007

LEWISTON, ME - Despite playing without four of their top nine players, the Bulldogs were able to easily get by three foes to the north on Saturday. The three-time defending national champs took their show on the road to Maine, pounding Colby and Bowdoin 9-0 in Brunswick before trekking to Lewiston and dusting Bates, 8-1.

Indeed, the women got by both Colby and Bowdoin in utterly dominating fashion. They won each match by a 9-0 score, and each individual match was a 3-0 sweep.

"Particularly the bottom of the women's lineup did really well," said Head Coach Dave Talbott. "Everyone got a chance to really work on some things."

Seeds 5-8 for the Elis went a combined 8-0 against the Mules and Polar Bears. Against Colby, No. 5 Jessica Balderston beat Catherine Monrad 3-0, No. 6 Elisabeth Hill downed Madeline Dufour 3-0, No. 7 Katharine Ettinger beat Sophia Newbury 3-0, and No. 8 Kaitlin Vinci thrashed Beth Cole 3-0. The four Bulldogs followed up their performances with 3-0 wins against Bowdoin as well. Balderston downed Lydia Pillsbury 3-0, Hill beat Madeleine McQueeney 3-0, Ettinger defeated Elizabeth Gillespie 3-0, and Vinci dominated Dodie Press 3-0.

The Bulldogs then headed to Brunswick, ME, where they continued their dominant Saturday performance, winning 8-1 against Bates. The top eight seeds all picked up 3-0 wins against the Bobcats, with Yale's lone loss being Katie Mandel's tight 3-1 match against Margot Webel.

Yale will be back in action next Friday, when they play Williams in Williamstown, MA.

Results:

At Brunswick, ME
v. Colby - W, 9-0
No. 1 Kate Rapisarda (Y) def. Stacy Petro (C), 3-0
No. 2 Lauren McCrery (Y) def. Samantha Smith (C), 3-0
No. 3 Alia Aziz (Y) def. Nina Delano (C), 3-0
No. 4 Sarah Barenbaum (Y) def. Jessica Vogel (C), 3-0
No. 5 Jessica Balderston (Y) def. Catherine Monrad (C), 3-0
No. 6 Elisabeth Hill (Y) def. Madeline Dufour (C), 3-0
No. 7 Katharine Ettinger (Y) def. Sophia Newbury (C), 3-0
No. 8 Kaitlin Vinci (Y) def. Beth Cole (C), 3-0
No. 9 Katie Mandel (Y) W, 3-0

v. Bowdoin - W, 9-0
No. 1 Alia Aziz (Y) def. Emilie McKenna (B), 3-0
No. 2 Kate Rapisarda (Y) def. Katherine Gormley (B), 3-0
No. 3 Lauren McCrery (Y) def. Alexandra Franceschi (B), 3-0
No. 4 Sarah Barenbaum (Y) def. Jacqueline Deysher (B), 3-0
No. 5 Jessica Balderston (Y) def. Lydia Pillsbury (B), 3-0
No. 6 Elisabeth Hill (Y) def. Madeleine McQueeney (B), 3-0
No. 7 Katharine Ettinger (Y) def. Elizabeth Gillespie (B), 3-0
No. 8 Kaitlin Vinci (Y) def. Dodie Press (B), 3-0
No. 9 Katie Mandel (Y) W, 3-0

At Lewiston, ME
v. Bates - W, 8-1
No. 1 Lauren McCrery (Y) def. Kelsey Engman (B), 3-0
No. 2 Alia Aziz (Y) def. Whitney Roller (B), 3-0
No. 3 Kate Rapisarda (Y) def. Hannah Laverty (B), 3-0
No. 4 Sarah Barenbaum (Y) def. Charlotte Gerrish (B), 3-0
No. 5 Jessica Balderston (Y) def. Schuyler Haynes (B), 3-0
No. 6 Elisabeth Hill (Y) W, 3-0
No. 7 Katharine Ettinger (Y) def. Sarah Blomstedt (B), 3-0
No. 8 Kaitlin Vinci (Y) def. Jenny Imrich (B), 3-0
No. 9 Margot Webel (B) def. Katie Mandel (Y), 3-1

Report filed by David Sherfinski '08, Yale Sports Publicity

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