3/3/96 The individual nationals were held this weekend at Trinity College, and Amherst's Harriet Ells was the #4 seed in the 64-person bracket. As the bracket makers figured, Ells finished fourth in the weekend competition. She won her first three matches, including a win over Harvard's #2 player, and reached the semi-finals. In the semi-finals she faced the #1 player from Penn. Ells lost the match, 3-0. In fact, the women from Penn would go in to win the entire tournament without lsing a single game. In the consolation match, Ells lost to Princeton's #1 player, giving her the 4th place finish in the tournament.
2/19/96 The results from the Howe Cup are in. Amherst was placed in the A Division which is a great step for the team. Last year, they finished first in the B division, which was good for ninth in the nation. This year, they finished eigth in the A division, so they did improve over the year! At the Howe Tournament, Amherst played Yale, Harvard, Brown and Trinity. The Jeffs lost all four matches, but they fared better against Yale and Brown than they did during the regular season. Harriet Ells won all four of her matches, redeeming a loss to Harvard's number-one earlier in the year. Ells should be in good shape for the individual nations which take place in two weeks. Justine O'Connor and Amy Giese may also make the individual nationals.
2/11/96 The women's squash team are 1995-96 Little Three Champions! On Saturday, the Jeffs defeated both Williams (6-3) and Wesleyan (7-2), giving them their first Little Three Title since 1991-92. The host Trinity on Tuesday.
1/14/96 It was a good week for the women's squash team. On Saturday, they traveled to Bowdoin College to play three matches. Amherst won all three, beating Colby 8-1, Bates 9-0, and Bowdoin 9-0. On January 6, Harriet Ells played in the Constable Tournament in Princeton, NJ. Only the top 16 players in the nation are invited to play in the yearly tournament, and Harriet, Amherst's number-one player, was seeded third. Ells won her first three matches, upsetting the number-two seed on the way to the tournament finals. She lost in the championship game, and took home second place.