By Anne Bello
Published Oct 23, 2012 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 9, 2012 at 8:53 PM ET

New Haven, CT — Yale, the 2011 national champions, had only two losses last season, and both came at the hands of their traditional rivals, Harvard. If any team can deny Harvard their third national title in four years, it’s Yale, and the Bulldogs will have home court advantage if they make it back to the Howe Cup final. They’ll be stronger this time around. “We are excited to have Shihui Mao, Issey Norman-Ross, and Kimberley Hay back at full strength after injury and illness last season,” says associate head coach Pam Saunders. “It is like adding three new players to our top 9 in addition to our very capable freshmen.” Saunders also has high praise for the leadership of the senior class. “The current senior class has worked very hard to change the culture at Yale squash and has done a fantastic job at creating a close team that is still able to go out and compete hard against each other in challenge matches. They have shown their teammates that only 100% dedication is acceptable and as a result there is no program that trains as hard or as effectively as the Yale squash team.”

2011-2012 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 17-2

Final Ranking: 2

Team Championships: 2nd in the Howe Cup (A Division)

2012-2013 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: David Talbott

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Millie Tomlinson (1st Team All-American, First Team All-Ivy); 2. Kimberley Hay (1st Team All-American, First Team All-Ivy); 5. Katie Ballaine; 6. Gwendoline Tilghman; 7. Shihui Mao (Holleran Cup Winner); 8. Lillian Fast; 9. Issey Norman-Ross; 10. Anna Harrison

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2011-2012 Team Championships: 3. Rhetta Nadas (Scholar Athlete, Academic All–Ivy); 4. Alexandra Van Arkel (Scholar Athlete); 11. Alexandra Kerr (Scholar Athlete); Catherine Morris; Kelly Mulrow

Additions to the 2012-2013 Roster: Amanda Robert, Annie Ballaine, Georgia Blatchford, and Hannah Flaum

Captain: Katie Ballaine

Team Goals: To help players’ grow both on and off the court; to teach  players how to be global citizens through learning lessons during training and in the classroom; to reclaim the Ivy League and national titles

Key Matches: Ivy League matches, Trinity

To read other team previews, please visit the 2012-2013 College Squash Season Previews page.