No. 16 Women’s Squash NESCAC Championship Run Ends in Semifinals

No. 16 Women’s Squash NESCAC Championship Run Ends in Semifinals

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – After securing a 7-2 win over Tufts in the quarterfinals of the 2020 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship, No. 16 Amherst women's squash bowed out of the tournament following a 9-0 loss to Williams in the semifinals on Saturday at Rosenbaum Squash Center.

Splitting both matches on the second day of the championship, Amherst moves to 11-5 overall and will be right back in action tomorrow in the consolation match at 9:30 a.m.

Claiming straight-set wins at #3 and #9, Amherst battled from top to bottom to secure their second win over the Jumbos this season. Lilly Soroko '22 limited Catherine Shanahan to six points or fewer in each set to win 11-5, 11-3, 11-6 before the other dominant win came from Keeley Osborn '22 who bested Radhika Joshi 11-9, 11-8, 11-4.

At #2, Lauren Weil '23 dropped her opening set to Isabella Schneider (5-11), before answering with three-straight wins to tally another win for Amherst (5-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-4).

Going the full length against Megan Chen, senior captain Caroline Conway '20 was down 1-0 before winning the second and third sets 11-8, 11-4. Chen tied things up with an 11-8 win in the fourth but Conway eased by in the final set, 11-6.

Tufts' Diya Sanghi swept #5 and Claire Davidson was victorious at the top of the ladder before Pierson Klein '20 came from behind to win 7-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-6 against Chloe Kantor at #6.

Rachel Windreich kept things interesting against Margaret Werner '21 as the Jumbo knotted things at 2-2 after being down 2-0, but Werner clinched the decisive 11-6 win in the final set (11-7, 11-5, 8-11, 10-12, 11-6).

In the Mammoths' final win on the day, Katy Sabina Correia '20 was pushed to the full length against Natalie Bartlett at #8 as both sides traded sets and saw themselves tied at 2-2 heading into the final. Correia was able to outplay Bartlett and take the final set 11-7 (11-8, 7-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7).

Advancing to the semifinals, Amherst forced a set five in three of the matches against Williams, but were met with straight-set wins in five of the other matches to ultimately fall 9-0.

Nearly winning the top of the ladder, Daksha Pathak '23 brought home the first two sets (11-8, 12-10) before Julia Ward tied things up at 2-2 and went on to win 11-8 in the fifth.

The same story happened at #7 as Werner took an early lead over Anna Nicholson, but the Eph responded with three-straight wins to keep the Mammoth at bay (7-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-8).

Correia wouldn't go down without a fight, winning the first and third sets to keep Mira Kamat on her toes, but the Eph posted a conclusive 11-3 decision in the final set to uphold the sweep.