Mammoths Split Decision in Little Three Championships

Mammoths Split Decision in Little Three Championships

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Amherst women's squash team faced off against Williams and Wesleyan in the Little Three Championships Saturday afternoon, receiving a split decision when they defeated Wesleyan 7-2 in their first match before falling to Williams 9-0 in their second at The Simon Squash Center.

Against Wesleyan, the Mammoths swept all seven of the matches they won on the day. At number three, Lilly Soroko '22 limited Josephine Russ to less than four points in each set to win 11-2, 11-4, 11-4. Ashira Mawji '21 also marked a key performance as she faced off against Annie Roach at number nine, holding Roach to five points or lower in each set (11-4, 11-4, 11-5).

The Cardinals were able to win two sets on the day against Amherst, both coming in the top two spots. At number one, Aditi Prasad jumped out to an early lead against Caroline Conway '20 as she claimed the first two sets 11-6, 11-9. Conway responded with a narrow 11-9 win in the third but fell 11-9 in the fourth to lose to her Wesleyan foe. Ananya Vir was paired against Rachael Ang '19 at number two, taking down the Mammoth in three sets (11-5, 11-8, 11-9).

Priya Sinha '19 posted a demanding 11-3 win in the first set before battling in a close second (13-11) against Alexandra Imperiale. Sinha was able to nab an 11-5 score in the third to post another win for the Mammoths. Riddhi Sampat '21 also noted a close match against Nina Premutico at number four with Premutico posting eight points in the first and third set. However, after a strong second set (11-4) Sampat was able to walk away with the victory after an 11-8, 11-4, 11-8 scoreline.

In the Williams match, the Ephs swept the Mammoths in seven out of the nine sets. However, Conway was able to steal a set when she took the second 11-9 against Julia Ward. Ward was able to snag the final two sets 11-5, 11-3 to take the win at number one. Sinha also was able to grab a set win in the second against Kathryn Wright, but she was edged by Wright in the final two sets for just her third loss on the season.

Margaret Werner '21 battled at number eight against Alexandra Pear, but was edged 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 while Pierson Klein '20 put up a strong showing in her third set against Anna Nicholson, ultimately falling 11-3, 11-5, 11-9.

The Mammoths add one in both columns and will enter tomorrow's match against Bates College with a record of 6-5. Prior to start, the Purple & White will honor their seniors for their accomplishments accumulated through their years with the program.

Williams improves to 9-8 on the year while Wesleyan drops to 5-8, concluding their regular season.