The wins keep piling up for both the No. 2 men’s and women’s squash teams.
Each team returned from winter break with little opposition in their two matches against Amherst and Williams on Friday, but both faced more of a challenge against a well-rested Dartmouth the next day. Each team won all three of itsweekend games.
Hywel Robinson ‘13 and Kenneth Chan ‘13 led the men’s team with 3–0 wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions against No. 19 Amherst (3-2). Richard Dodd ‘13, fought back from a set down to win in four, at the No. 3 position.
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No. 11 Williams (4-5) offered little challenge to the Bulldogs as well. Chan was the only player to drop a game en route to victory.
“The matches all went well,” Eric Caine ‘14 said. “For me, the hardest part about playing weaker teams is making sure that I keep the quality of my game high and don’t play down to their level. I always want to compete at the highest level.”
However, the situation was different for Yale against the No. 7 Big Green (4–2, 0–2 Ivy) on Saturday.
No. 1 seed Robinson withdrew from his match due to a leg injury after being down two games, while Neil Martin ‘14 lost in a closely contested five-set match. Lalwani said that Robinson should be healthy by Friday.
“[It is] nothing serious, he just stopped playing as a precautionary measure,” captain Naishadh Lalwani ’11 said.
Despite the two losses, Yale had two comfortable 3–0 wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots from Chan and Dodd. Lalwani and Ryan Dowd ‘12 had big 3–0 wins for the Bulldogs as well, who went on to beat Dartmouth 7–2.
The women’s team also went on a long road trip against No. 14 Amherst (3–2), No. 9 Williams (4–5), and No. 8 Dartmouth (3–2, 0–2). Their last win over the Big Green did not come easy.
Last Friday, the women’s team faced a double-header against No. 14 Amherst and No. 9 Williams.
Amherst struggled to gain much ground against the Elis. Logan Greer ‘11 and Sarah Toomey ‘11 opened with two 3–0 victories at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots respectively. Yale only allowed more than five points in six of the 27 games played.
“The matches this past weekend were excellent preparation for the upcoming matches,” captain Logan Greer said.
Later that day, the Elis faced No. 9 Williams, whichdid not pose much more of a challenge to the team. Yale easily defeated Williams and dropped only one set in the No. 9 position.
Overall, the team dropped only oneset in the 55 sets played on Friday.
The Bulldogs were forced to battle back from three games down, 0–3, en route to their 6–3 win over Dartmouth last Saturday after dropping the top three spots against the Big Green.
“It was a mentally draining road trip, which made it more challenging to focus in the match,” Greer said.
To add to the struggles, the Bulldogs were without two of their strong players, Camilla Tomlinson ‘14 and Kimberley Hay ‘14. Tomlinson was competing in the British Junior Open while Hay had just come back to Yale from the United Kingdom for the second semester, and was not yet a registered student.
“It gave players who were lower on the laddera position to play at a high position and get better match experience,” Greer said.
In the end, the depth of the Elis’ roster prevailed. After dropping the first three spots, the Bulldogs came storming back and won the remaining six positions. Lily Fast ‘14, Caroline Reigeluth ‘11, and Alexandra Kerr ‘12 picked up critical 3–0 wins in their respective matches.
The men’s team will return to play Western Ontario at Cornell on Jan. 14, while both teams will return to action on the road against Cornell on Jan. 15.