New Haven, CT – Despite a strong performance by several players, the #9 Brown women's squash team lost its match to #5 Yale, 9-0, at Yale's Brady Squash Center. There will be no rest for the Bears, returning home on Thursday, February 7, for a re-scheduled match against #2 Harvard at the Kate Brodsky Squash Pavilion.
Junior #1 seed Dori Rahbar (Newton, MA) and junior #2 seed Sarah Domenick (Philadelphia, PA) each struggled early, but played well once they settled down into the match, before falling 3-0. Sophomore and recent Athlete of the Week Mina Shakarshy (Margate, NJ), playing #3, and sophomore #4 seed Katherine Elliott-Mokswa (Princeton NJ) had some trouble with their opponents, swinging with immense power, but had many shots that were just barely off the mark.
The #5 seed Isabel Pitaro (Brooklyn, NY) stepped up her level of play throughout her game, resulting her taking the first game before falling, 3-1. Senior #7 seed Sarah Beresford (Barrington, RI) also brought her opponent to four sets, as she won the third set with well-placed volleys and quick footwork. Rookie #8 seed Emily Richmond (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) fought extremely hard, taking her first set 13-11, but was unable to finish off her opponent later in the game. Senior Lydia Smith (Lake Forest, IL), playing #9, dropped a 3-0 decision.