Mammoths Edged by Bobcats on Senior Day, 5-4

Mammoths Edged by Bobcats on Senior Day, 5-4

AMHERST, Mass. – Seniors Rachael Ang '19, Emma Crowe '19, and Priya Sinha '19 were recognized in a senior day ceremony prior to their final home regular season match against Bates College, where the Bobcats edged the Mammoths by a 5-4 margin at Davenports Squash Courts Sunday afternoon.

Sinha secured a victory for the Mammoths when she matched up against Natalie Bachman at number seven. Sinha posted a strong 11-3 victory in the first before taking the narrow 11-9 second set win. She capped off her performance in the third with the 11-4 triumph, marking one of the Mammoths four wins on the day.

Lilly Soroko '22 led off the day for the Mammoths when she was set to face Victoria Arjoon at the third spot. The match went the full length as Soroko was able to jump out to the early lead, posting 11-6 and 11-8 wins in the first two sets. Arjoon responded with an 11-6 and 11-9 victories in the third and fourth. However, Soroko was able to win by two when the match went to extras, posting the 12-10 set win for the Mammoths.

At number four, Riddhi Sampat '21 opened with an 11-6 triumph against Katherine Manternach before she answered with an 11-6 win in the second. Sampat posted the 11-6 victory in the second to go up 2-1 heading into the fourth. Sampat continued her momentum from her last set to add another point in the win column for the Purple & White, winning 11-5.

The final win on the day for the Mammoths came in the ninth spot when Ashira Mawji '21 battled Katie Bull through four sets. Bull thwarted the Amherst foe in the opening set, winning 13-11 before Mawji posted a decisive 11-4 victory in the second. After claiming the third set 13-11, Mawji went on to win when she limited Bull to one point in the fourth (11-13, 11-4, 13-11, 11-1).

Pierson Klein '20 came close to swaying the decision in the opposite favor when she battled Natasha Jones at the sixth spot. Klein nabbed the second and fourth spot (11-5, 11-6) to force a fifth match. The two sides traded points as Jones prevailed in the end with the 11-7 decision for the Bobcats. Keeley Osborn '22 also marked a key opportunity for Amherst after opening with an 11-8 win over Maeve O'Brien at number five. However, O'Brien brought it back to even with a strong 11-3 decision in the second before winning a heart wrenching 11-9 victory in the third. O'Brien was resilient in the fourth, winning 11-7 to halt the Mammoths chance.

With the setback, the Purple & White cap off their January schedule and will compete in their final regular season match against Mount Holyoke on February 6th with a current record of 6-6. With the win, Bates concluded their regular season of play and sit with a record of 8-6 prior to the NESCAC Championships.