No. 5 Yale Upsets No. 4 Stanford at National Championships; Moves On to Final Four

Alexis Lazor. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Alexis Lazor. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The No. 5 Yale women's squash team trounced No. 4 Stanford on Friday afternoon in the first round of the Women's Collegiate Squash National Championships. The Bulldogs redeemed their 6-3 loss to the Cardinal in the regular season, winning in a close but satisfying 5-4. With its win, Yale earned a spot in the top four teams in the country and sealed its spot in the semi-finals.

Yale put its skill on the road to good use against Stanford, winning in the top three spots. The Bulldogs knew the real challenge would be in the bottom of their lineup, where Stanford showed their strength in the regular season. Every point was a battle, and four of the nine matches went to five games.

The upset over Stanford is a huge victory for Yale, as the team has not played in the semifinals in years.

"Today was a really exciting and huge win for women's squash," says senior captain Jen Davis. "In my four yeats we have never made it to the final four and I have never been prouder of the team. Everyone played their hearts out and fought for every point."

Yale will play rival Harvard in the semi-finals on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Report by Kate Flanders '18, Yale Sports Publicity