Amherst Sweeps Tufts in CSA Opener, 9-0

BOSTON, Mass. - The 18th-ranked Amherst women's squash team opened play at the CSA National Team Championships with a 9-0 win over #23 Tufts University.

Having defeated the Jumbos for the third time this season, the Lord Jeffs won all 27 games of their Walker Cup (C Division) opener to improve to 12-9 overall. Amherst advances to face #19 George Washington University on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m., while Tufts (9-13) will face #22 Connecticut College in a consolation bracket match slated for 6 p.m.

Chandler Lusardi '13 (New York, N.Y.) headlined the top of the lineup with a 3-0 (11-7, 11-7, 11-2) sweep of Mercedes Barba '12, while Arielle Lehman '15 (Greenwich, Conn.) took three-straight from Jessica Rubine '13 by scores of 11-5, 11-9 and 11-4.

Kate Savage '12 (Philadelphia, Pa.) defeated first-year Ann Bellinger, 3-0 (11-5, 11-9, 11-4), in the third position, with Evelyn Kramer '14 (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scoring another sweep with an 11-8, 11-6, 11-8 triumph over Paige Dahlman '15 in the fourth slot.

After a closely contested 13-11 first game, Anna Scheidt '12 (Fort Lee, N.J.) pulled away from Alyse Vinoski '12, notching an 11-8 win in the second before shutting out her Jumbo counterpart 11-0 in the third. Lena Rice '14 (Philadelphia, Pa.) dropped just six points in a 3-0 sweep of Hafsa Chaudhry '13, while Mary Katherine McNeill '13 (Greenwich, Conn.) upended Ushashi Basu '13 in three.

Ginny Wheeler '13 (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) handed Caitlin Doherty '13 a 3-0 loss (11-5, 11-6, 11-2), while Megan Clower '12 (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) held her own at the bottom of the order, securing identical 11-5 wins in the first two games against Desen Ozkan '13 before closing things out with an 11-7 victory in the third.

Amherst 9, Tufts 0
1. Chandler Lusardi (A) def. Mercedes Barba (T), 3-0 (11-7, 11-7, 11-2)
2. Arielle Lehman (A) def. Jessica Rubine (T), 3-0 (11-5, 11-9, 11-4)
3. Kate Savage (A) def. Ann Bellinger (T), 3-0 (11-5, 11-4, 11-3)
4. Evelyn Kramer (A) def. Paige Dahlman (T), 3-0 (11-8, 11-6, 11-8)
5. Anna Scheidt (A) def. Alyse Vinoski (T), 3-0 (13-11, 11-8, 11-0)
6. Lena Rice (A) def. Hafsa Chaudhry (T), 3-0 (11-2, 11-3, 11-1)
7. Mary Katherine McNeill (A) def. Ushashi Basu (T), 3-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-4)
8. Ginny Wheeler (A) def. Caitlin Doherty (T), 3-0 (11-5, 11-6, 11-2)
9. Megan Clower (A) def. Desen Ozkan (T), 3-0 (11-5, 11-5, 11-7)

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