Mammoths Drop Consolation Matches to Conclude CSA Team Championship

Mammoths Drop Consolation Matches to Conclude CSA Team Championship

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – After falling to Dartmouth in their quarterfinals match at the CSA Team Championship, the Amherst women's squash team were thwarted by Williams College and George Washington University in the consolation bracket on Saturday and Sunday at the Rosenbaum Squash Center.

Cornell University prevailed as the winners of the Kurtz Cup when they defeated Dartmouth 6-3 in the final match up. New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) foe, Williams College, went on to win the consolation bracket with a 7-2 triumph over Middlebury College.

On Saturday evening, Amherst opened their consolation matches against Williams at the Kellner Squash Center on the campus of Trinity College. The Mammoths secured two wins on the day, coming from the seven and eighth spots. Pierson Klein '20 notched her 10th overall win on the season with a five-set finish against Kathryn Wright. Klein was held to less than four points in the opening two sets before gaining momentum to steal the third and fourth 11-7, 11-9. With the match tied at 2-2, Klein matched her fourth set score to edge the Ephs by two points (4-11, 2-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9).

Margaret Werner '21 took on Alexandra Pear at number eight where she swept the first three sets to mark the Mammoths second, and final, win on the day. Katherine Correia '20 came close to adding another point to the Amherst side after taking her opponent Adrienne Conza the full length. Correia claimed the opening two sets 12-10 and 11-6 before Conza answered with 11-6 and 11-5 finishes in the following two sets. Conza held Correia to five points in the fifth set to steal the victory for the Ephs.

On the final day of competition at the CSA Team Championship, the Mammoths matched up against George Washington University where they were edged 5-4. George Washington claimed the top four spots on the ladder, sweeping two of those matches. Emma Tryon defeated Lilly Soroko '22 at number three by a score of 13-11, 11-7, 11-7 before Zoe Foo Yuk Han swept Caroline Conway '20 at number one 11-6, 11-0, 11-3.

Klein continued her performance from the day before to take down Aarushi Lakhotia in three sets by a score of 12-10, 11-2, 11-7. Correia stole the second win on the day when she swept Anna Moscovici at number eight, limiting her to fewer than four points through each set.

Keeley Osborn '22 brought the Mammoths closer when she thwarted Brooke Feldman at number five. Osborn dropped the first set 11-6 but came back to claim the second 11-3. Feldman posted an 11-7 finish in the third before Osborn brought it back even with an 11-8 triumph in the fourth. Osborn secured the point for the Mammoths when she posted an 11-7 victory in the final set.

However, George Washington was able to win their fifth point on the day to take down Amherst in the final match of the CSA Team Championships.

The Mammoths conclude their collective efforts this season with an overall record of 8-11. The remaining mark on the 2018-19 campaign will be the CSA Individual nationals which begin next weekend (March 1st).