The women’s squash team dominated the Brown Bears in Providence this past Saturday, giving the Elis their first Ivy League road victory of the season.
Yale (9–3, 3–2 Ivy) defeated Brown (3–7, 0–5) by a score of 8–1, keeping alive the Bulldogs’ chances of finishing third in the Ivy League.
After the match, team captain Alia Aziz ’10 reflected on what it meant for the Elis to win their last road match of the year.
“It was a bit weird knowing that it was our last away match as seniors,” Aziz said. “The season has gone by very quickly, and dominating a match this late in the season was a nice way to reestablish ourselves on the court. We were definitely able to focus on the weaknesses in our game and hone ours skills before the Harvard match next week.”
The team’s lineup was different this match in comparison to previous matches, as Sarah Toomey ’11 played the No. 1 spot and Logan Greer ’11 played the No. 2 spot. Greer had played at the top position for most of the season, but during this past week Toomey defeated her in a challenge match.
Toomey defeated Laura Pyne by a score of 3–1, while Greer and Aziz swept their opponents 3–0 by scores of 11–2, 11–4 and 11–4, and 11–3, 11–3 and 11–8, respectively. Aziz, who was No. 3 against Brown, has also played at the No. 2 spot throughout the season.
“All three of these girls are close in terms of playing ability, and the strength of our team is certainly in the top three,” head coach David Talbott said of Toomey, Greer and Aziz. “They play fiercely in their challenge matches, which has made them better. It is ferocious when they play each other … and the fact that they can push each other shows that they are all good leaders.”
Greer agreed with her coach, saying the competitiveness at the top of the team’s ladder is beneficial for the team’s makeup.
“I think the fact that our top-three spots are so close is great because it means that we are pushing one another, and hopefully that means we will be very hard to beat,” Greer said.
The Elis also saw a dominant performance from Rhetta Nadas ’12 at the No. 4 position, as she blew past Kali Schellenberg in three games, with scores of 11–3, 11–3 and 11–0.
The Bears’ only win came at the No. 5 spot, as Sophie Scherl beat Caroline Reigeluth ’11 by default. Reigeluth, who won the first two games, was forced to retire during the fourth game due to an ankle injury.
The Bulldogs end their regular season at home Saturday at 1 p.m. against an undefeated Harvard squad that is currently ranked No. 1 in the country.
“The pressure is on Harvard because they are trying to complete an undefeated season,” Talbott said. “There is really no pressure on us because we have no chance at winning the Ivy League title — but it is a chance for us to resurrect the season.”