No. 14 Panthers Fend off No. 16 Women’s Squash

No. 14 Panthers Fend off No. 16 Women’s Squash

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Despite forcing five sets in three of the nine competitions, No. 16 Amherst College women's squash fell to No. 14 Middlebury, 9-0, in their second match of the New Year on Thursday evening at Bostwick Family Squash Center.

Dropping their second match on the season, the Mammoths move to 2-2 while Middlebury improves to 2-3, after losing three straight matches heading into today's action.

Daksha Pathak '23 was one of the three matches that went the full length. After losing the opening set against Ideal Dowling, the Houston, Texas native rattled off 11-5, 11-2 wins in the ensuing sets. However, Dowling was able to hold out with 11-4, 11-7 wins in the final two sets (11-5, 5-11, 2-11, 11-4, 11-7) for a 3-2 victory.

Securing an 11-4 triumph out of the gate, Virginia Schaus was almost stunned in the second by Lauren Weil '23, but the Panther pulled out the 11-4, 12-10, 11-7 win at #2 before Lily Soroko '22 came close in the opening two sets against Gwen Davis (11-9, 14-12) before stealing the third set 12-10. Down 2-1, Soroko was stifled in the fourth, 11-4, to tally another win for Middlebury.

Senior captain Caroline Conway '20 came out strong against Natalie Madden at #4, winning 11-7, 11-8 to go up 2-0. However, the Mammoth couldn't secure the winning set, dropping 11-6, 11-2, 11-7 in the final three.

Another seasoned veteran, Pierson Klein '20 also stole an opening set victory against Emily Beinkampen (11-7) but the Middlebury foe answered with an 11-6 victory in the second and third. Down 2-1, Klein tied it after posting an 11-7 score line, but lost the final set 11-6.

Riddhi Sampat '21 followed in Klein's footsteps with a 11-6 win in the first set, but Natasha Lowitt ran away with 11-8, 11-2, 11-8 victories before Caroline Arena kept the sweep alive with an 11-6, 11-3, 11-8 win over Margaret Werner at #7.

In the final two matches of the day, Keeley Osborn '22 (4-11, 9-11, 3-11) and Jenna Finkelstein '20 (8-11, 7-11, 5-11) were blanked 3-0, respectively, solidifying the 9-0 win for Middlebury.

Katy Sabina Correia '20 also lost her matchup with Hadley Barr by a score of 3-1 in exhibition play (9-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-9).

The Mammoths have a day's rest before hitting the courts for a 6:00 p.m. meeting against Bates in Brooklyn, N.Y. to conclude their road stint. Amherst will host their first home match of the New Year on Jan. 20th, battling Bowdoin at 2:00 PM. Middlebury also competes on Monday in their next outing when they host Franklin & Marshall at 12:00 p.m.