STANFORD, Calif. – The No. 7 Stanford squash team hosted a match on campus for the first time in three years as they returned from the holidays break with an 8-1 victory over No. 16 Hamilton College on Tuesday at the Arrillaga Center for Sports & Recreation.
“I thought they did well,” said head coach Mark Talbott. “They were a little rusty, coming off a two-week break for vacation. They managed to win today which is the important thing. They have some tough matches coming up.”
The Cardinal played in front of a packed house as members of the community, student body and athletic department staff came in droves to support the squash team in its only home match of the year. Stanford did not disappoint its fans as they won eight matches in straight sets.
“It was so much fun,” said senior Julia Hemmendinger. “We didn’t really know what to expect because we hadn’t done this in a while, but it exceeded our expectations. So many people from the athletic department came out and we had a lot of our friends here. It was really a blast and created a lot of energy out here.”
Stanford travels to the Northeast for the majority of its matches as there aren’t many schools out West with squash programs. With classes starting on Monday it was nice for the Cardinal to stay put for a match.
“It was fun,” said Talbott. “We don’t play many home matches because 95 percent of the teams are on the East Coast. “To have a home match was fun for them. A lot of their friends came out which was great for them and we had a lot of administrators showed up to which was really nice.”
Junior Madeleine Gill was impressive in the No. 1 match against Hilary Gray of Hamilton. Gill won the first set, 11-4, and then cruised in her final two 11-2, 11-1 to claim the win. Sophomore Carolyn Gillette also won with ease, downing Hillary Kolodner at No. 7 by an 11-3, 11-2, 11-4 count.
At the No. 4 position, freshman Bailey Bondy made her collegiate debut with a three-set victory. She defeated Hannah Coffin 11-6, 11-5, 11-8 to begin her career 1-0. Bondy had recently returned from an injury that kept her out of the squad’s first three matches of the year.
“It was really great and we had a really great crowd come out which made it even better,” said Bondy. “Even though I was coming off an injury it was nice to play my first match in front of the home crowd and come away with a win.”
Hemmendinger, one of two Stanford players on the last team to play at The Farm, was moved up to No. 3 in the lineup for this match. She dropped her first set, 11-9, but rallied in fine fashion with scores of 11-1, 11-8, 11-8 to take the match in four sets.
Also earning victories on the day for the Cardinal were Ally Huchro at No. 5, Sarah Haig at No. 6, Ariel Posner at No. 8, Julia Olson at No. 9 and Francesca Fleischer in a match that didn’t count towards the team score but will go as a win on her individual record.
Stanford will have a chance to enjoy the home victory as they don’t play again until they travel to New Haven, Conn. for matches Jan. 24-26. On the tough slate for that trip to the Northeast are No. 5 Yale, No. 8 Dartmouth, No. 10 Bates and No. 2 Trinity.
Stanford 8, Hamilton 1
Arrillaga Center for Sports & Recreation
January 7, 2014
1. Madeleine Gill (Stanford) def. Hilary Gray (Hamilton) 11-4, 11-2, 11-1
2. Rachel Newman (Hamilton) def. Serena Fagan (Stanford) 11-7, 11-7, 10-12, 5-11, 11-9
3. Julia Hemmendinger (Stanford) def. Elizabeth Morris (Hamilton) 9-11, 11-1, 11-8, 11-8
4. Bailey Bondy (Stanford) def. Hannah Coffin (Hamilton) 11-6, 11-5, 11-8
5. Ally Huchro (Stanford) def. Lindsay Arader (Hamilton) 11-5, 11-6, 11-6
6. Sarah Haig (Stanford) def. Isabelle Weisman (Hamilton) 11-9, 11-7, 11-1
7. Carolyn Gillette (Stanford) def. Hillary Kolodner (Hamilton) 11-3, 11-2, 11-4
8. Ariel Posner (Stanford) def. Kelsey Bogle (Hamilton) 12-10, 11-4, 11-2
9. Julia Olson (Stanford) def. Katherine Rogers (Hamilton) 11-4, 11-4, 11-5
10. (EXH) Francesca Fleischer (Stanford) def. Laura Russell (Hamilton) 11-6, 12-10, 11-5