No. 15 Women's Squash Splits Matches at Little Three Championship

No. 15 Women's Squash Splits Matches at Little Three Championship

 AMHERST, Mass. – Posting a decisive 8-1 score over Wesleyan (Conn.), No. 15 Amherst women's squash advanced to the Little Three Championship match but were halted by Williams, 8-1, on Sunday at Davenport Squash Courts.

Splitting both matches in the championship, Amherst moves to 9-4 overall and have one more home match left when they face Mount Holyoke College on Feb. 4th at 6:30 p.m.

Celebrating their senior class prior to the commencement of their second match, Pierson Klein '20, Jenna Finkelstein '20, Katy Sabina Correia '20, and Caroline Conway '20 maintained a record of 41-31 spanning across their four-years of play.

The Mammoths won eight of the nine matches, six of which were in straight sets as Lauren Weil '23 got things started for Amherst after limiting Ananya Vir to four points or fewer in the final two sets, winning 11-9, 11-2, 11-4 at #2.

After Lilly Soroko '22 cruised past Josephine Russ (11-3, 11-6, 11-8), Conway lined up against Valeria Osorio for the longest match on the day. After securing the first set 11-3, Osorio answered with 11-6, 11-4 wins in the second and third set to go up 2-1. Fighting from behind, Conway held her Cardinals foe to two points in the fourth and four points in the fifth to win 3-2.

Winning in straight sets, Riddhi Sampat '21 downed Natasha Feenstra (11-9, 11-7, 11-6) while Klein won 11-8, 12-10, 11-4 against Nina Premutico.

Falling behind in the opening set (9-11), Margaret Werner '21 swept the ensuing sets to tally another win for the Mammoths', before Correia held Annie Roach from scoring more than five points in each set, blanking her 11-5, 11-4, 11-3.

Rounding out the counting scores for Amherst, Keeley Osborn '22 swept Emma Smith at #9 (11-4, 11-7, 11-4), while Finkelstein  picked up an exhibition win against Sydney Kim, 11-9, 11-5, 11-6.

The only loss came at the top of the ladder as Aditi Prasad got the best of Daksha Pathak '23, winning 11-3, 11-9, 11-8.  

Heading into the Little Three Championship match against Williams, Amherst clinched an important triumph at #1 as Pathak tallied an opening set win (11-4) against Julia Ward. However, Ward answered with 15-13 and 11-6 wins in the ensuing sets, but Pathak held out with a pair of 11-9 wins in the final sets to take home the lone win on the day.

Four Mammoths were able to steal a set against their respective competitors, but the Ephs were able to hold out with 3-0 or 3-1 victories in each of the other matches, winning 8-1 and recording their 21st consecutive Little Three title.