By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 29, 2014 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 14, 2014 at 12:14 PM ET

Yale UniversityNew Haven, CT — Yale will have a young team this season. Only two of its top-nine players from last season will be seniors.  According to head coach Dave Talbott, “We are in the middle of rebuilding our team after losing 4 seniors from our top 9 last year and excited at the challenge of grooming a relatively young team for what will be a very competitive season. We plan to build a really solid base with our underclassmen so we can give them the opportunity to win a national championship in the next two years.” Yale’s seniors, Shihui Mao, Issey Norman-Ross, and captain Anne Harrison have worked cohesively as a unit the past three seasons. “A team is only as strong as its leadership, and the senior class is a critical component of that,” states Talbott. The team will work with SquashHaven, the local NUSEA program. Each team member volunteers at least one hour per week with SquashHaven. Although the Bulldogs may be building for future seasons, do not count Yale out of the mix for the 2014 – 2015 season.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 17-4

Final Ranking: 3

Team Championships: 3rd in the Howe Cup (A Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 3 of 5… Position with the Most Wins: #9s had 19 Wins.

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: David Talbott

Associate Head Coach: Pam Saunders

Returning Players from Team Championships: 3. Shihui Mao (2015 – CSA Second Team All-American, CSA Scholar Athlete); 4. Issey Norman-Ross (2015 – CSA Second Team All-American); 5. Jenny Scherl (2017); 8. Shiyuan Mao (2017 – Holleran Cup Winner); 9. Annie Ballaine (2016); 10. Georgia Blatchford (2016); 11. Anne Harrison (2015); Madeline Tomlinson (2017); Jessica Lee (2017); Amanda Roberts (2016)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Camilla Tomlinson (2014 – CSA First Team All-American, All-Ivy League Team); 2. Kimberley Hay (2014 – CSA Second Team All-American, All-Ivy League Team); 6. Gwendoline Tilghman (2014 – CSA Scholar Athlete, Academic All-Ivy); 7. Lillian Fast (2014)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 5: Jen Davis (Tatnall School – Wilmington, DE)
  • Expected to play in the top 9: Jocelyn Lehman (Greenwich Academy – Greenwich, CT); Selena Maity (Baldwin School – Bryn Mawr, PA)

Captain: Anne Harrison

Team Goals: To finish in the top 3 in the Ivy League and top 3 nationally

Key Matches: Ivy League matches, Trinity, and George Washington

To read other team previews, please visit the 2014-2015 College Squash Season Previews page.