W. SQUASH | All Yale at round robin

There’s no stopping them.

The No. 2 women’s squash team (11–0, 3–0 Ivy) continued their dominating performances this season, tallying 36 straight wins to defeat No. 6 Stanford, No. 16 Franklin and Marshall, No. 15 Mount Holyoke and No. 20 Colby.

“Though the wins were expected, I was very impressed with our ability to maintain our focus throughout the weekend,” captain Logan Greer ’11 said. “Everyone is playing well.”

The women started the round robin competition with a decisive 9–0 win against Franklin and Marshall on Friday, setting the tone for the rest of the weekend. Yale did not drop a single game against the Diplomats.

Greer said that after the team’s big win against No. 3 Trinity last Wednesday, the Elis wanted to maintain that focus they had against the Bantams throughout the season and that the Franklin and Marshall win put Yale on the right track.

“Our team confidence is growing with each victory, and this weekend was another key step in a great season thus far,” Sarah Toomey ’11 said. “Being undefeated at this point in the season keeps us on track towards our goals of Ivy and national titles.”

Later in the day, the Bulldogs faced the Cardinal, pitting Yale head coach David Talbott against his younger brother Mark Talbott, Stanford’s head coach.

Greer fought through a tough match at the No. 1 position against the Cardinal’s Pamela Chua. After dropping a closely contested first game, 11–13, Greer came storming back to take the next three consecutive and the victory, 3–1.

The Elis have had their best start of the past three years this season, winning 11 straight matches. In the 2008-’09 season, the Bulldogs lost their first match against Penn, and in the 2009-’10 season, they won their first match against Williams before losing to Penn again. Players on the team said that this year’s strong bond and sense of family on the team has played an important part in the Elis’ strong start.

“I think a team’s chemistry is indicative of its ultimate success,” Katie Ballaine ’13 said. “The squash season is really all year long, so I would say my favorite part is being able to be competitive with these teammates of mine, yet at the end of the still be able to have a laugh with them as my best friends.”

If the team can maintain its intensity, Greer said, the team is poised to be a contender for the Ivy and National Championships.

For now, the team is preparing against their upcoming challenge against No. 4 Princeton.

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