AMHERST, Mass. – The fourth-seeded Amherst College women's squash team will begin its NESCAC Championship Tournament journey Saturday, February 6 at 12 p.m. when it takes on fifth-seeded Bowdoin College in quarterfinal action at the George A. Kellner Squash Center on the campus of top-seeded Trinity College.
The winner of Saturday's quarterfinal advances to the semifinals on Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. The loser of the match will play in the consolation bracket on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.
Amherst (8-3), which has appeared in every quarterfinal, aims to make the program's first-ever semifinal appearance. After dropping back-to-back matches at the start of January, the Purple & White rattled off six consecutive wins before losing to Williams College, 8-1, on Sunday. Bowdoin (9-7) garnered its highest seed since 2009 when the Polar Bears were the No. 3 seed, which also marks the last time they received a first-round bye. Amherst holds a slim 2-1 edge in the NESCAC Championship series against Bowdoin, with the Purple & White winning the most recent meeting in the 2014 quarterfinal consolation round, 5-4. The teams have not met this season.
Amherst, ranked 16th nationally, is 5-2 against NESCAC rivals this season, claiming victories over Hamilton College (7-2), Conn. College (9-0), Colby College (6-3), Bates College (7-2) and Wesleyan University (8-1). The Purple & White fell to Middlebury College (8-1) on Jan. 12, and the Ephs on Jan. 31.
Bowdoin, ranked 17th nationally, has secured a 5-3 record against league opponents this season, earning a 5-4 win over Bates, 6-3 wins over Wesleyan and Hamilton, an 8-1 triumph over Conn. College, and a 5-4 decision over Colby. The Polar Bears have dropped matches against Trinity (9-0), Middlebury (8-1), and Williams (9-0).
Kimberly Krayacich '18 has featured from the number one position in 10 matches for the Purple & White this season and logged a record of 3-7. Rachael Ang '19 has been stellar from the number two slot, posting a 6-3 mark, while Haley McAtee '18 has provided consistency from the number three position with a 5-4 ledger.