AMHERST, Mass – After a 6-3 win over Tufts University in their quarterfinal bout, the Amherst College women's squash team battled the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) reigning champions, falling by a 8-1 margin on Saturday afternoon.
The Mammoths conclude their day with an overall record of 8-7 and will set their sights on the third place match against Middlebury College tomorrow.
In the first match of the day, the Mammoths fought-hard to secure six match wins with five of them being settled in the fourth or fifth set. Riddhi Sampat '21 noted the most impressive finish for Amherst on the day at number four. Sampat went up against Zarena Jafry, sweeping her in the first three sets by a score of 11-8, 11-8, and 11-9.
Lilly Soroko '22 (11-4, 11-13, 11-4, 11-4) and Keeley Osborn '22 (11-7, 12-14, 11-9, 11-4) both secured victories against Megan Chen and Catherine Shanahan to mark the Mammoths third victory overall. Priya Sinha '19 dropped a tough decision to Rachel Windreich at number six, claiming the first and third set 11-9, 11-6. However, Windreich notched wins in the second (11-4) and fourth (11-5) before claiming the final set with a dominant 11-1 victory.
Pierson Klein '20 fell early against Diya Sanghi, losing 11-7 in the first set. Klein responded with an 11-8 victory in the second before taking an impressive 17-15 third set to go up one against Sanghi. Klein capped off her performance with a strong 11-3 decision in the fourth. Margaret Werner '21 (8-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-4) and Katherine Correia '20 (11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 11-1) round out the scoring for the Mammoths with wins against Chloe Kantor and Christa Irani in the eighth and ninth spots.
In their semifinal contest against Trinity, the reigning champions claimed the top eight spots. The Bantams swept the Mammoths in all eight of their matches won on the day, tripping up at the ninth spot against Ashira Mawji '21. Mawji opened up strong against Campbell Brown with an 11-5 first set win. After an 11-9 setback in the second, Mawji posted wins in the final two sets (11-4, 11-7) to notch the Mammoths lone victory on the day.
In all but two sets, the Bantams limited each Mammoth to less than six points in their respective sets. Soroko breached the mark when she dropped a 13-11 decision against Vanessa Raj in their opening set. However, Raj refused to look back as she posted 11-5 and 11-3 wins in the second and third.
Correia faced Ashita Bhengra at number eight, noting seven points in the first set before Bhengra held the Mammoth to one point in the second and five points in the third (11-7, 11-1, 11-5). At the top of the ladder, Caroline Conway '20 was held to under three points in the opening two sets against Luz Sarahi Lopez Dominguez, losing the third by an 11-5 margin as well.
The Purple & White will compete in the third place match tomorrow which begins at 12:00 PM.