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No. 9 Bates women play tough against national champion Yale

Margot Webel '09 defeats Yale's Katie Mandel.

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Yale University squash teams showed form befitting one of the top college teams in the U.S. in a visit to Bates on Saturday, as both the Bulldogs' women's and men's teams registered 8-1 victories, while the host Bobcats had some impressive performances of their own.


The match is believed to be the first visit to Bates by any Yale athletic team.

The No. 9 Bates women (5-2) registered a point at the No. 9 spot in an 8-1 loss to the No. 2 Bulldogs, the three-time defending national champions.

Bates sophomore Margot Webel (Locust Valley, N.Y.) topped Yale's Katie Mendel 6-9, 9-7, 9-6, 9-6. Also playing well for the Bobcats was senior co-captain Kelsey Engman at the No. 1 spot, losing 1-9, 7-9, 1-9 against Yale's Lauren McGery.

The Bates women next play at Colby on Jan. 10.

1. YALE: L. McGrery def. Kelsey Engman,  9-1, 9-7, 9-1

2. YALE: A. Aziz def. Whitney Roller,  9-1, 9-1, 9-1

3. YALE: K. Rapisarda def. Hannah Laverty,  9-2, 9-3, 9-0

4. YALE: S. Barenbaum def. Charlotte Gerrish,  9-1, 9-1, 9-3

5. YALE: J. Balderston def. Schuyler Haynes,  9-3, 9-5, 9-5

6. YALE: E. Hill def. Caroline Lemoine,  9-2, 9-5, 9-6

7. YALE: K. Ettinger def. Sarah Blomstedt,  9-7, 9-3, 9-4

8. YALE: K. Vinci def. Jenny Imrich,  9-0, 9-2, 9-3

9. BATES: Margot Webel def. K. Mandel,  6-9, 9-7, 9-6, 9-6