Women’s squash (7-5) is off to a strong start this season despite facing some tough opponents early on. Last weekend, the women defeated Georgetown and Franklin and Marshall but lost to George Washington. On Saturday, Williams traveled to Washington, D.C. to play George Washington. The women lost 8-1 with co-captain Caroline Sawin ’15 the only Eph victor. However, they rebounded in the afternoon and defeated Georgetown 9-0. On Friday, No. 12 Williams team faced off against No. 13 Franklin and Marshall, winning 8-1 despite the close matchup.
On Jan. 11, the women beat rivals Bates in a close 5-4 contest with several matches going to five games. Haley Parsons ’18 had a tough match but won in five games despite losing the first two for a final score of 13-15, 8-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-9. Ellen Coombe ’17 had a similarly long match but won 10-12, 11-4, 11-8, 9-11, 12-10. Alyssa Ritchie ’17 defeated her opponent easily, 11-3, 11-5, 11-0. On Jan. 10, Williams defeated Colby 9-0 despite some tough matches. After losing her first game, Nicole Friedman ’18 bounced back and won the next three for a final score of 6-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8. Charlotte Walsh ’17 also had a four-game match, defeating her opponent 11-6, 11-7, 8-11, 11-5. Nicole Feshbach ’16 won her match most handily with scores of 11-2, 11-1, 11-2. Later that afternoon, the women bested Bowdoin 8-1. Friedman repeated her success from the morning, coming back after losing the first game to win the match 7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-3. Caroline Hogan ’18 easily won her match 11-1, 11-5, 11-5, and Ananya Mahalingram-Dhingra ’18 won her contest 11-4, 11-2, 11-3.
On Jan. 7, the women recorded a 7-2 win over St. Lawrence, despite playing without their captains due to illness and injury. Ritchie and Celeste Lancaster ’17 both won their games handily: Ritchie with a score of 11-1, 11-4, 11-0 and Lancaster by scores of 11-0, 11-1, 11-3. Coombe fought hard for her win with a tough second game and eventually beat her opponent 11-3, 14-12, 11-6.
After a long winter break, the women returned to the court with matches against Yale and reigning champion Trinity on Jan. 6. The Ephs lost to the Bulldogs 9-0 but not without a few strongly contested games. Co-captain Ellie O’Neill ’15 brought her match to four games, eventually losing 11-13, 5-11, 11-5, 5-11. Later that day, the Ephs suffered a similar 9-0 loss to the Bantams.
On Nov. 22, the women lost to Stanford 8-1 with only Mahalingram-Dhingra winning her match, defeating her opponent in three games. The team bounced back from this loss to defeat Hamilton 9-0 in the afternoon. Despite strong play from several Ephs, the team suffered a 9-0 loss to Cornell on Nov. 21.
The women play next on Saturday, hosting Mount Holyoke at 1 p.m.