NEW HAVEN, Conn.— The No. 4 ranked Yale women's squash team was upset by No. 5 Stanford on Sunday with a final match score of 6-3. Tensions in the Brady Squash Center were high as Stanford and Yale fans alike cheered over the fast-paced matches.
Despite the final score, Yale found success at the top end of its lineup. The notable wins came from sophomores Lucy Beecroft and Helen Teegan as well as first-year Aishwarya Bhattacharya in the No. 1, 3, and 4 spots, respectively.
The most exciting match of the day was at the No. 1 spot, where Beecroft battled back after losing the first game 9-11. Beecroft fought through long rallies to win the second and third games before dropping game four. The atmosphere on the court was intense for the start of the match game, but things were decided quickly with a dominant 11-1 win from Beecroft.
Though the bottom of Yale's lineup struggled, it did not go down without a fight. Seven of the nine matches were pushed beyond three games. These results have positive implications for the Bulldogs, particularly in the championship season.
"Despite the 6-3 loss, the women showed improvement in the areas we have been working on in practice," says head coach Dave Talbott. "A five game match at No. 2 was positive as to beat this team in three weeks at the year-end championships, we will need wins in the top as Stanford may have the best depth in the league."
The Bulldogs will spend the week gearing up for league competition. They are set to host No. 6 Columbia on Saturday and No. 8 Cornell on Sunday.
Report by Kate Flanders '18, Yale Sports Publicity