Jeffs Fall to Bates in Quarters, Top Hamilton

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HARTFORD, Conn. – The fifth-seeded Amherst College women's squash team fell 8-1 in quarterfinal play to No. 4 Bates Saturday morning but recovered to beat eighth-seeded Hamilton, 7-2, in consolation play at the NESCAC Championship hosted by Trinity.

Taryn Clary '16 was the only Jeff to win both of her matches as Amherst advances to face seventh-seeded Wesleyan in the fifth-place match Sunday morning at 9 a.m. The Cardinals upset No. 6 Bowdoin, 5-4, in consolation play.

In the Jeffs' morning match, Bates was too much, taking the top eight spots and advancing to meet top-seeded Trinity in the semifinals. After a 6-3 setback to the Bobcats earlier this season, Clary was the only Jeff winner this time as she continued her stellar rookie season at the bottom of the lineup, defeating Samantha Matos '14 in a five-game thriller. After a tight 11-9 win in the opener, Matos returned the favor in game two, winning 11-9. Things were even closer in the third as Clary needed extras to win, 12-10, but Matos responded with an 11-6 win in the fourth, forcing a decisive fifth game which went to Clary, 11-7.

Two other Jeffs saw their matchup go the full five as No. 3 Arielle Lehman '15 came back from a 2-0 deficit but fell in the tiebreaker to Myriam Kelly '15 for a 3-2 (11-5, 11-7, 9-11, 9-11, 11-7) setback. In the seventh spot, Corri Johnson '16 also dropped the first two games, but rallied with a pair of wins before Rakey Drammeh '14 finished off the Jeff rookie in the fifth for the win (11-8, 11-8, 3-11, 10-12, 11-5).

Regrouping for the afternoon match in the consolation bracket, Amherst moved past Hamilton, 7-2, but not without drama as all but one matchup went past three games. Clary was the only Jeff to sweep as she took down Alexis Lee '13 at No. 9, 11-9, 11-6, 11-4.

In a tight No. 1 battle, Chandler Lusardi '13 prevailed for Amherst, recovering from an 11-5 first-game loss to post 11-7 and 12-10 victories over Amanda Thorman '13 then bouncing back again, taking the fifth 11-7 after Thorman had rallied to take the fourth by the same score.

In the next slot down, Anne Piper '13 won the first two games in marathon fashion but could not wrap up the win as Hilary Gray '15 came all the way back for Hamilton for a 3-2 (10-12, 12-14, 11-7, 11-8, 11-8) triumph. The Jeffs took the No. 3 slot, however, as Lehman won another dramatic five-gamer, taking the opener from Claire Corroon '13 before trading games for the eventual 3-2 (11-7, 9-11, 11-3, 10-12, 11-9) win.

Meyha Sud '16 had an easier time of it at No. 4 for Amherst, recovering from a third-game setback to finish off Elizabeth Morris '15, 3-1 (11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 11-4), but Ericka Robertson '16 needed all five to get past Izzy Weisman '15 in the fifth slot as the Jeff rookie came back from an 11-7 first-game loss to win the next two but couldn't seal the deal until she triumphed, 11-8, in the tiebreaker.

Hamilton picked up its other victory at No. 6 as Hannah Coffin '14 took down Evelyn Kramer '14, 3-1 (11-8, 4-11, 11-6, 11-7), but Johnson took down Hillary Kolodner '14, 3-1 (12-10, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8) at No. 7 and Khushy Aggarwal '16 topped Kelsey Bogle '14 in the eighth spot by the same margin (8-11, 11-3, 14-12, 11-9).

FULL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

NO. 5 AMHERST 7, NO. 8 HAMILTON 2
1. Chandler Lusardi (A) def. Amanda Thorman (H), 3-2 (5-11, 11-7, 12-10, 7-11, 11-7)
2. Hilary Gray (H) def. Anne Piper (A), 3-2 (10-12, 12-14, 11-7, 11-8, 11-8)
3. Arielle Lehman (A) def. Claire Corroon (H), 3-2 (11-7, 9-11, 11-3, 10-12, 11-9)
4. Meyha Sud (A) def. Elizabeth Morris (H), 3-1 (11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 11-4)
5. Ericka Robertson (A) def. Izzy Weisman (H), 3-2 (8-11, 11-5, 11-4, 5-11, 11-8)
6. Hannah Coffin (H) def. Evelyn Kramer (A), 3-1 (11-8, 4-11, 11-6, 11-7)
7. Corri Johnson (A) def. Hillary Kolodner (H), 3-1 (12-10, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8)
8. Khushy Aggarwal (A) def. Kelsey Bogle (H), 3-1 (8-11, 11-3, 14-12, 11-9)
9. Taryn Clary (A) def. Alexis Lee (H), 3-0 (11-9, 11-6, 11-4)
10. Mary Katherine McNeill (A) def. Katie Poyers (H), 3-2 (11-13, 11-5, 11-6, 10-12, 11-6)

NO. 4 BATES 8, NO. 5 AMHERST 1
1. Nessrine Ariffin (B) def. Chandler Lusardi (A), 3-0 (15-13, 11-4, 11-6)
2. Cheri-Ann Parris (B) def. Anne Piper (A), 3-0 (11-5, 11-6, 11-8)
3. Myriam Kelly (B) def. Arielle Lehman (A), 3-2 (11-5, 11-7, 9-11, 9-11, 11-7)
4. Chloe Mitchell (B) def. Meyha Sud (A), 3-0 (11-3, 11-9, 11-5)
5. Lesea Bourke (B) def. Ericka Robertson (A), 3-1 (11-9, 11-1, 9-11, 11-8)
6. Lauren Williams (B) def. Evelyn Kramer (A), 3-0 (11-7, 11-2, 11-4)
7. Rakey Drammeh (B) def. Corri Johnson (A), 3-2 (11-8, 11-8, 3-11, 10-12, 11-5)
8. Ali Bragg (B) def. Khushy Aggarwal (A), 3-1 (11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 11-7)
9. Taryn Clary (A) def. Samantha Matos (B), 3-2 (11-9, 9-11, 12-10, 6-11, 11-7)
10. Sarah Nyirjesy (A) def. Sugeiry Betances (B), 3-0 (11-7, 11-1, 11-0)