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.
"The team played a hard-fought match to beat Yale on their courts," said Trinity Head Coach Wendy Bartlett. "Now, we can look forward to Princeton 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.