SQUASH: Yalies dominate

This weekend, the men’s and women’s squash teams collectively hosted six schools in Payne Whitney Gymnasium’s Brady Squash Center for a series of three matches for the men and four for the women.

The Yale women swept Stanford and St. Lawrence in two 9-0 victories on Friday afternoon. On Saturday, the women’s team went on to win 9-0 against George Washington and Middlebury.

The men were also successful, winning all three of their matches. Though the win against St. Lawrence was a close 5-4, the team defeated the University of Western Ontario 8-1 and the United States Naval Academy 9-0.

After an intense match against Trinity in the middle of last week, the women played four schools ranked lower than their rank of No. 5. A younger, less experienced ladder came forward to play at higher spots during the matches.

“It was great to [see] some different people playing this weekend,” Georgia Blatchford ’16 said.

Blatchford, who usually plays at the ninth spot, played sixth against George Washington on Saturday.

According to Annie Ballaine ’16, the women’s team anticipated the skill level of its opponents and was able to adjust its ladder.

“We switched up the ladder to give younger players more playing time,” Ballaine said.

Anna Harrison ’15 played especially well in her match against St. Lawrence at the seventh position, only giving up one point in three games against her opponent.

Men’s captain Eric Caine ’14 said the highlight of the weekend for his team was the stellar performance of the freshmen and sophomores. The men, who hold the No. 3 rank nationally, also played schools ranked below them this weekend.

The closest match was against No. 4 St. Lawrence, whose team was vying for the third spot, but the Yale men were able to validate their rank.

“They excelled in every match,” Caine said. “The freshmen, [Kah Wah Cheong ’17, TJ Dembinski ’17 and Liam McClintock ’17], have been rock solid all season, and the sophomores, [Zach Leman ’16, Sam Fenwick ’16 and Pehlaaj Bajwa ’16], have been as well.”

Freshman and sophomores played at five of the top six spots for the men this weekend.

A number of the Elis said that these recent matches represented the season’s busiest home weekend.

“It was a big weekend,” Amanda Roberts ’16 said. “Yale is generous to host lots of schools in lots of matches.”

Both teams will travel for matches against Ivy League schools this weekend.

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