Trinity Women Upend Yale To Advance To Howe Cup Semifinals by David Kingsley
February 15, 2013 New Haven, Conn.
- The visiting Trinity College Bantams rattled off seven wins in the
first eight matches in a 7-2 victory over the Yale University Bulldogs
in the College Squash Association (CSA) National Championship (Howe
Cup) Quarterfinals this afternoon at Brady Courts. Trinity,
seeded No. 4 in the tournament field, improves to 15-2 and will play
the top-seeded Princeton University Tigers in the Howe Cup Semifinals
tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at Yale. No. 5-seeded Yale, drops to 11-5
with its second loss to the Bantams this season, and will play No.
8-seeded Brown in a consolation game tomorrow.
Sophomore Chanel Erasmus (Capetown, South Africa) got things off to a
good start for the Bantams with a 3-1 victory at the No. 9 position,
and classmate Natalie Babjukova (Prague, Czech Republic) won a
five-setter to stay perfect in 17 matches this winter in the No. 6 spot
for a 2-0 Trinity lead.
After a 3-1 win by Yale's Shihui Mao in the No. 3 match, the
Bantams recorded six unanswered points. Trinity junior Jennifer
Pelletier (Richmond Hill, Ontario) dominated with a 3-0 win at the No.
8 spot, and senior tri-captain Robyn Hodgson (Aberdeen, Scotland)
recovered from an 11-6 loss in the first game to take three close ones
in a row by a combined score of 33-25. Bantam junior tri-captain
Cataline Pelaez (Bogota, Colombia) outlasted Bulldog senior co-captain
Katie Ballaine, 3-2, rebounding from a 2-1 deficit to take the last two
games, 11-6, and, 11-8, to earn the clinching point.
Bantam sophomore Ashley Tidman (Lamor-Plage, France) and rookie Sachika
Balvani (Mumbai, India) added victories for the visitors, before Yale
sophomore Millie Tomlinson downed Kanzy El Defrawy, 3-1, to avenge a
match-clinching loss at Trinity (5-4) on January 23.