Women’s squash stumbles in semis

New England’s from Feb. 21 to 22. Six members of the women’s squash team (13-11), ranked No. 14, traveled to Bowdoin last weekend to compete in the Div. III Individual Championships.

Lily Grant ’16 and Nicole Feshbach ’16 both lost in the round of 32. Ellen Coombe ’17 made it past the round of 32 by winning in straight sets 11-8, 11-7, 11-8, but lost in the round of 16. Caroline Sawin ’15 also advanced to the round of 16, but was defeated as well. Co-captain Alyssa Northrop ’14 had an exciting five game match in the round of 16, but eventually lost 11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 7-11. Co-captain Ellie O’Neill ’15 made it the farthest of the Ephs, advancing to quarterfinals before losing in a five-set heartbreaker 11-9, 13-11, 6-11, 4-11, 10-11.

On Feb. 1 and 2, the team competed in the NESCAC Championships hosted by Hamilton. The women started strong, facing Amherst for the second time in a week and defeating them 7-2. After an exciting and high-scoring first game, Sawin notably won her match 18-16, 11-5, 12-10. The team then faced Bates in the semifinals and suffered a 7-2 loss. Feshbach and Grant pulled off the two victories for the team with Feshbach winning 6-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7, and Grant winning 11-7, 11-8, 13-11. On Feb. 2, the team suffered a heartbreaking 5-4 loss to Middlebury in their final match of the tournament, and fell to fourth place in the championships. The four victories in this match came from Sawin, Feshbach, Charlotte Walsh ’17 and Gibbs Cullen ’14. Cullen, Walsh, and Sawin were all able to defeat their opponents in three games while Feshbach played an exciting five-game match, winning 7-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9. “While we were definitely disappointed with our performance at NESCACs, we’ve been trying to focus on preparing for nationals in a few weeks,” O’Neill said.

On Jan. 26, the women traveled to Amherst to compete for the Little Three title. The team secured this title with an 8-1 win over Wesleyan and an 8-1 win over Amherst.

On Jan. 24 and 25, the women played in the competitive Yale Round Robin. On Jan. 24, the team faced George Washington University and, despite hard-fought matches, lost 9-0.

The women rallied the next day when they played Franklin and Marshall. The women successfully defeated the No. 18 team 9-0, with Northrop pulling off a victory in the fifth game, winning 11-9, 4-11,11-9, 8-11, 11-3. Sawin had an impressive, high-scoring match, defeating her opponent 12-10, 11-8, 14-12.

Results from the women’s match against Brown came in too late to report. Next, Williams faces Dartmouth at 6 p.m. tonight at home.