Ephs slay Dragons to finish 13th

Photo courtesy of Sports Information Co-captain Ellie O’Neill ’15 went 2-1 on the weekend.
Photo courtesy of Sports Information
Co-captain Ellie O’Neill ’15 went 2-1 on the weekend.

Women’s squash (15-14) had its final matches of the season last weekend in the National Championships at Princeton. The women beat Drexel 6-3 in the finals of the consolation round.

On Friday, Williams fell 7-2 in a well-contested match against Brown in the first round of the tournament, improving on its 9-0 loss to Brown the week before. Lily Grant ’16 had one of the wins for the Ephs, fighting to defeat her opponent in four long games, eventually winning 11-13, 12-10, 11-7, 12-10. Caroline Sawin ’15 dominated her opponent to take the other win for the team, defeating Hannah Hay-Smith 11-8, 11-8, 11-6. Unfortunately, the loss knocked the Ephs out of contention for the championship of the tournament.

The women showed resilience on Saturday when they defeated NESCAC rival Middlebury in the semifinals of the consolation round. This was a hard-fought win for the Ephs, with every match going to at least four games. Co-captain Ellie O’Neill ’15 pushed her way back

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after dropping two games in the middle of the match and clinched the victory in a fifth, winning 11-6, 11-9, 4-11, 9-11, 11-7. Nicole Feshbach ’16 also had a five-game match, defeating her opponent 11-4, 6-11, 2-11, 11-6, 11-7. Alyssa Ritchie ’17 had one of the most exciting matches of the day, trading games with her opponent before pulling off a victory in a long final game, winning 6-11, 11-8, 11-9, 5-11, 14-12. Ellen Coombe ’17 rallied after a first-game loss to defeat her opponent in five games with scores of 8-11, 11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9. Sawin repeated her success from the day before and won 11-6, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8. Playing at the No. 9 spot, Maria Pylypiv ’15 rounded out the victories for the team, winning her match 5-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6.

Williams competed in the finals of the consolation round on Sunday, where they beat Drexel 6-3. Three Ephs won their matches in three games. Charlotte Walsh ’17 dominated her opponent 11-0, 11-5, 11-3, Coombe beat Maria Diagama 11-6, 11-5, 11-7, and Pylypiv won 11-5, 11-5, 11-4. In her final match for Williams, co-captain Alyssa Northrop ’14 won her match 11-6, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9. O’Neill rallied after losing her first game and fought for a final winning score of 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-3. Feshbach rounded off the victories, winning 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-2.

“I could not be happier,” said Northrop. “We ended two spots above our ranking and fulfilled our potential as a very young team. As a graduating senior I can’t wait to see the rest of the team continue to improve in years to come.” With the conclusion of their season, the women graduate Northrop and Gibbs Cullen ’14.