Even with injuries and lineup changes, the women’s and men’s squash teams plowed through a trip to upstate New York.
The No. 2 women’s team (6–0, 3–0 Ivy) blanked No. 7 Cornell (1–4, 0–4), 9–0, on Saturday, while the No. 2 men’s team (7–0, 3–0 Ivy) defeated No. 8 Western Ontario handily on Friday, 7–2, and continued the streak the next day against No. 5 Cornell (4–2, 2–2), 6–3.
Despite not having their second-position player, Sarah Toomey ’11, who was out with a concussion, the women did not allow Cornell to take a single match on Saturday. Millie Tomilson ’14 played in Toomey’s place, and the pressure did not seem to faze her. Tomilson defeated Jaime Laird 3–0 and never looked challenged.
“We had a dominant performance,” captain Logan Greer ’11 said. “The freshmen played well.”
Greer won her match at the No. 1 position in straight sets as well, 3–0. Only at the No. 3 and No. 4 positions were Cornell able to push the match to the fourth set, but the Big Red lost both 3–1.
According to Greer, Toomey will be ready to play against Trinity on Wednesday.
“Everyone was very focussed and [I’d] say it was good preparation for our match against Trinity,” Greer said.
The men’s team faced a Big Red that challenged the Bulldogs in the Ivy Scrimmages in November. The Elis won that match 6–3, and saw a similar result this time around. Captain Naishadh Lalwani ’11 said that Cornell is a difficult team to play at any point in the season, especially after having only one night of rest after a tough match against Western Ontario.
After dropping the No. 1 spot match in their game against the Mustangs, Yale went on to win seven of the remaining eight matches. Richard Dodd ’13 posted a commanding 3–0 win at the No. 2 spot.
“Western Ontario is a tough team to play,” John Roberts ’12 said.
Early the next day, the Bulldogs faced tough competition at the top of Cornell’s ladder.
At the No. 1 spot, Hywel Robinson ’13 returned to action after not playing on Friday against Western Ontario. He fell to Nicholas Sachvie, who won the 2010 U.S. Junior Open Squash Championships, 2–3.
At the No. 2 spot, Kenneth Chan ’13 fought back from a 2–1 hole to win his match in five sets, 3–2. Yale took five of the remaining seven positions for the 6–3 victory.
“It was a great feeling to leave Ithaca having done what we needed to do,” Lalwani said.
Now, the team has its eyes set on No. 1 Trinity, a team that has not lost a match in the last 13 years and holds the longest winning streak in the history of college varsity sports with 229.
“We have been improving,” Roberts said. “This year, everything has come together and the training has been perfect. It’s been on everybody’s mind all year and we are trying to stay focused and do the best we can.”
The Bulldogs travel to Hartford to face the Bantams on Wednesday.