NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The No. 5 Yale women's squash team was able to hold its position over No. 6 Columbia on Saturday in a close 5-4 match at home.
The Yale squad showed its depth with strong performances from the bottom half of the lineup. The crowd in the Brady Squash Center saw wins from senior captain Jen Davis, senior Jocelyn Lehman, junior Emily Sherwood and first-years Alexis Lazor and Riya Mital.
The matches at the top of the lineup were intense, with Yale competing hard but coming up just short.
A victory over Columbia cements Yale's spot at No. 3 in the Ivy League standings, for which the teams were previously tied.
The Bulldogs' win today is particularly impressive with sophomore Helen Teegan noticeably absent from the No. 3 spot.
"Overall I think we fought hard today and were able to pull off the win despite missing a key player," says Davis. "Everyone stepped up their level and showed how much they want to win. We are looking to build on this in into the final matches of the season and, ultimately, the National Championship."
Yale will have the opportunity to harness Saturday's upward momentum on Sunday, when they host Cornell at the Brady Squash Center in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The match will begin at noon.
Report by Kate Flanders '18, Yale Sports Publicity.