April 14, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Four Bulldogs were recently honored by the College Squash Association with first-team All-American selections. It was the fourth such honor for Michelle Quibell and Amy Gross. Catherine McLeod's first-team selection was her third straight, and Miranda Ranieri garnered her first all-American nod. Yale's four selections to the first team were the most in the country, and Harvard and Trinity each sent three players.
The honors were fitting ends to the illustrious collegiate squash careers of Quibell and Gross, who played on three national championship teams during their time here and helped spark a comeback win in the finals of the Howe Cup this year against Trinity. Gross actually clinched the cup for the Bulldogs with a four-game victory over Ashley Clackson.
McLeod had an impressive season as well, posting a 10-0 regular season individual record and picking up two 3-0 wins in the first two rounds of the Howe Cup. Her only loss--an 8-10, 10-8, 10-8, 9-5 epic battle against Trinity's Lauren Polonich--came in the finals of the Howe Cup.
Ranieri, playing mostly in the No. 2 slot, posted a 5-1 record in league play and helped Yale win its third straight Howe Cup with a 9-2, 4-9, 9-4, 9-6 win over Trinity's Larissa Stephenson in the finals of the cup.
A complete list of the All-American teams can be found at http://www.squashtalk.com/collegesquash/allamericans.htm.
Report filed by David Sherfinski '08, Yale Sports Publicity