Yale Drops Heartbreaker To Trinity, 5-4

Jan. 23, 2007

HARTFORD, Conn. - After taking a brief 4-3 lead, the No. 2-ranked Bulldogs couldn't close out the hard-charging No. 3 Trinity Bantams Tuesday night in Hartford. Despite wins from Catherine McLeod, Miranda Ranieri, Jessica Balderston, and Tara Wadhwa, Yale fell to their rivals to the north for the first time in six matches.

The Bulldogs dominated the Bantams at the top and bottom of the lineup. No. 1 McLeod defeated Vaidehi Reddy, 3-0 (9-7, 9-3, 9-6), and No. 2 Ranieri downed Lauren Polonich, 3-2 (9-6, 9-3, 3-9, 2-9, 9-2). No. 8 Balderston handled Emily Paton, 3-1 (9-0, 3-9, 9-2, 10-8), and No. 9 Wadhwa smoked Kim Palterman, 3-0 (9-3, 9-5, 9-1).

Yale, however, ran into trouble in the middle of Trinity's deep lineup. No. 4 Alia Aziz took a 2-0 lead before falling in a heartbreaking 10-9 fifth game to Jo-Ann Jee, and Tehani Guruge also came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat No. 5 Kate Rapisarda.

No. 3 Lauren McCrery came back valiantly to tie her match with Ashley Clackson after dropping the first two games by scores of 9-1, 9-2, but Clackson was able to take the fifth game 9-0 to clinch the match for the Bantams.

Yale's six-match win streak snapped with the loss. The Bulldogs will host the Yale Round Robin this Saturday and Sunday before continuing their Ivy League schedule on Feb. 3, when they take on the Princeton Tigers at home.

Results:
No. 1 Catherine McLeod (Y) def. Vaidehi Reddy (T), 3-0 (9-7, 9-3, 9-6)
No. 2 Miranda Ranieri (Y) def. Lauren Polonich (T), 3-2 (9-6, 9-3, 3-9, 2-9, 9-2)
No. 3 Ashley Clackson (T) def. Lauren McCrery (Y), 3-2 (9-1, 9-2, 2-9, 2-9, 9-0)
No. 4 Jo-Ann Jee (T) def. Alia Aziz (Y), 3-2 (5-9, 5-9, 9-7, 9-3, 10-9)
No. 5 Tehani Guruge (T) def. Kate Rapisarda (Y), 3-2 (1-9, 2-9, 9-2, 9-2, 9-4)
No. 6 Siobhan Knight (T) def. Sarah Barenbaum (Y), 3-0 (10-9, 9-3, 9-3)
No. 7 Fernanda Rocha (T) def. Nicola Shiels (Y), 3-0 (9-1, 9-6, 9-3)
No. 8 Jessica Balderston (Y) def. Emily Paton (T), 3-1 (9-0, 3-9, 9-2, 10-8)
No. 9 Tara Wadhwa (Y) def. Kim Palterman (T), 3-0 (9-3, 9-5, 9-1)

Report filed by David Sherfinski '08, Yale Sports Publicity

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