Women's Squash Outlasts #13 Mount Holyoke, 5-4

AMHERST, Mass. - The 16th-ranked Amherst women's squash team improved to 11-9 on the season with a hard-fought 5-4 upset win over #13 Mount Holyoke College (15-7) to snap the Lyons' five-match win streak.

Hoping to get the visitors off to a fast start, sophomore Randima Ranaweera secured a 3-0 (11-6, 11-5, 11-5) victory over Chandler Lusardi '13 (New York, N.Y.) at the top of the lineup before Shara Robertson '12 notched a 3-0 (11-5, 11-9, 11-5) sweep of Arielle Lehman '15 (Greenwich, Conn.) in the second position.

Kate Savage '12 (Philadelphia, Pa.) recorded the Jeffs' first point by taking three-straight from Shaheen Madraswala '14 in the third slot, but Katrina Intal '14 bested Evelyn Kramer '14 (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 3-1 (11-7, 10-12, 11-1, 11-7).

Looking to keep pace, Amherst's Sarah Nyirjesy '13 (Rydal, Pa.) earned a hard-fought 3-2 win over Kristina Myren '15 with an 11-7 triumph during a decisive fifth set, before Kathryn Brummer '13 rallied from a 2-0 deficit to secure a victory over Anna Scheidt '12.

Needing the bottom order to hold serve to stave off elimination, the Jeffs' Lena Rice '14 got Amherst's comeback bid started with a 3-1 (3-11, 11-5, 11-2, 11-9) decision over Marie Ozanne '12.

Mary Katherine McNeill '13 (Greenwich, Conn.) then swept Paulina Rojek '12 before Ginny Wheeler '13 (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) outlasted Dachelle Parker in a back-and-forth affair in the ninth position. After winning the first game 11-5, Wheeler dropped the second before rallying for a 2-1 lead. Parker took the fourth game by a score of 11-7, but Wheeler closed out strong, recording an 11-8 victory in the fifth to clinch the Jeff win.

Amherst will next compete at the CSA Team Championships hosted by Harvard University on Feb. 24-26.

Amherst 5, Mount Holyoke 4
1. Randima Ranaweera (M) def. Chandler Lusardi (A), 3-0 (11-6, 11-5, 11-5)
2. Shara Robertson (M) def. Arielle Lehman (A), 3-0 (11-5, 11-9, 11-5)
3. Kate Savage (A) def. Shaheen Madraswala (M), 3-0 (11-9, 11-8, 11-5)
4. Katrina Intal (M) def. Evelyn Kramer (A), 3-1 (11-7, 10-12, 11-1, 11-7)
5. Sarah Nyirjesy (A) def. Kristina Myren (M), 3-2 (11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 5-11, 11-7)
6. Kathryn Brummer (M) def. Anna Scheidt (A), 3-2 (2-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7)
7. Lena Rice (A) def. Marie Ozanne (M), 3-1 (3-11, 11-5, 11-2, 11-9)
8. Mary Kathrine McNeill (A) def. Paulina Rojek (M), 3-0 (11-6, 11-9, 11-8)
9. Ginny Wheeler (A) def. Dachelle Parker (M), 3-2 (11-5, 6-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-8)