Hartford, Conn. – First-year Kanzy El Defrawy (Cairo, Egypt) outlasted junior Millie Tomlinson (Derbyshire, England) in a thrilling five-setter, 11-9, 8-11, 11-13, 11-3, 11-9 in the final match to break a 4-4 tie and lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 5-4 triumph against the visiting Yale University Bulldogs in women's squash action this evening at Kellner Center. Trinity, ranked No. 4 in the nation, improves to 10-1 with its first win over Yale since 2010. No. 3-ranked Yale falls to 9-1.
Trinity trailed, 4-3, after sophomore Issey Norman-Ross (Guernsey, United Kingdom) defeated Bantam rookie Sachika Balvani (Mumbai, India) in the No. 7 match, 3-1, but sophomore Ashley Tidman (Lamor-Plage, France) snapped a three-match, personal losing streak with a 3-1 victory over Yale senior captain Katie Ballaine (Brooklyn, N.Y.) to bring the home team even at 4-4 and set El Defrawy up for her heroic clinching effort.
Trinity junior Wee Nee Low (Penang, Malaysia) recorded the first point of the match with a 3-1 win at No. 3, and Bulldog rookie Annie Ballaine (Brooklyn, N.Y.) posted the lone 3-0 win of the night in the No. 9 match for a 1-1 tie. Back-to-back victories by sophomore No. 6 Natalie Babjukova (Prague, Czech Republic) and junior co-captain No. 2 Catalina Pelaez (Bogota, Colombia) gave Trinity a 3-1 edge, but sophomore Anna Harrison (Greenwich, Conn.), junior Lilly Fast (Greenwich, Conn.), and Norman-Ross rattled off three consecutive 3-1 triumphs to put Yale on top, 4-3, with two matches remaining.
"The team played so much better than in our loss at Penn over the weekend," said Trinity Head Coach Wendy Bartlett. "It was incredible to see them bounce back like this. They worked very hard in practice this week, and it is so nice to see it pay off."
1. TC- Kanzy El Defrawy d. Millie Tomlinson, 11-9, 8-11, 11-13, 11-3, 11-9
2. TC- Catalina Pelaez d. Kim Hay, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9, 11-3
3. TC- Wee Nee Low d. Shihui Mao, 11-6, 5-11, 11-2, 14-12
4. TC- Ashley Tidman d. Katie Ballaine, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6, 12-10
5. Y- Lilly Fast d. Robyn Hodgson, 11-6, 7-11, 11-5, 11-6
6. TC- Natalie Babjukova d. Gwen Tilghman, 10-12, 12-10, 11-9, 12-10
7. Y- Issy Norman-Ross d. Sachika Balvani, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-8
8. Y- Anna Harrison d. Jennifer Pelletier, 11-6, 11-9, 7-11, 13-11
9. Y- Annie Ballaine d. Chanel Erasmus, 11-9, 11-8, 11-9
Trinity (Conn.) 5, Yale 4