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Women's Squash To Battle For NESCAC Title

January 30, 2013

Top-seeded Trinity will be in pursuit of a seventh conference title this weekend when it hosts the 2013 NESCAC Women’s Squash Championship. The three-day tournament is slated to get underway on Friday and continue through the weekend. Trinity’s George A. Kellner Squash Center will serve as the host for this year’s championship bracket matches, while select consolation matches will take place at Wesleyan’s Rosenbaum Squash Center. The NESCAC title will be decided on Sunday, February 3 at 1:30 p.m.

After piling up a program record 17 wins last season, Trinity has rolled to an 11-1 mark this winter. The Bantams exploded out of the gate, winning their first eight matches before dropping a 6-3 decision at Penn. They rebounded in a big way, defeating national powers Stanford, Yale and Cornell over the past 10 days. Trinity has gone 4-0 versus league foes thus far this season.

The Bantams cruised to the NESCAC title last year, dropping just one match in wins over Wesleyan, Middlebury and Bates. In the six year history of the tournament, they have blanked 15 of their 18 opponents.

Battling for the right to face Trinity in Saturday’s quarterfinals will be ninth seeded Colby (8-9) and eighth seeded Hamilton (6-7). The Continentals came out on top 9-0 when the two squads met on January 18 at Yale. They will be looking to advance to the semifinals for the first time in program history after winning four of their last five matches. Colby has also been hot of late, winning three straight at the Maine Event over the weekend. The Mules came out on top 6-3 when the two squads faced off in the quarterfinal round of the 2008 championship.

Second seeded Williams (13-8) will be looking to return to the NESCAC Finals after four straight appearances from 2007-10. The Ephs have posted an impressive 7-1 mark against NESCAC opponents this season, with their only loss coming to Trinity on December 1. They swept Amherst and Wesleyan over the weekend to secure their 14th consecutive Little Three Title.

Williams will await the winner of the first round contest between seventh seeded Wesleyan (12-6) and tenth seeded Connecticut College (8-12). The Cardinals strung together eight straight victories before suffering a heartbreaking 5-4 setback to Bowdoin on January 18. They have moved out of the first round in each of the last three seasons. Meanwhile, Connecticut College has won three of its last four and will be looking to avenge an 8-1 setback at Wesleyan on December 7. The Camels will be looking to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time ever.

Third seeded Middlebury (12-3) has received a first round bye and will be seeking its fifth straight semifinal round appearance. The Panthers punched their ticket to the NESCAC Finals in 2011 before falling 9-0 to Trinity. They will once again look to challenge the Bantams after breezing to a 6-1 record against conference rivals this season. Their only blemish was a 5-4 setback to Williams on January 1. Wins by both squads in the quarterfinals would set the stage for a rematch in the semifinals.

Eleventh seeded Tufts (2-7) will take on sixth seeded Bowdoin (7-10) in Friday’s third first round contest. This will be the second time in a week that the two teams tangle, as Bowdoin claimed a 9-0 win at the Maine Open on Friday. It was the first of four straight victories for the Polar Bears, who reached the semifinals in 2007 and 2009. Tufts has defeated Wellesley and Smith thus far this season.

Fourth seeded Bates (4-10) and fifth seeded Amherst (10-6) have received first round byes and will meet in Saturday’s semifinal round. After topping Amherst 6-3 on January 15, the Bobcats have dropped five straight matches. Three of their four wins have come against NESCAC foes. Bates has advanced to the semifinals five times previously. Exactly half of Amherst’s 10 wins have come against conference rivals this season. The Lord Jeffs fell 6-3 to Bates in the 2011 quarterfinals.

Results for the NESCAC Women’s Squash Championship will be available at the completion of each day on the NESCAC website.

2013 NESCAC WOMEN’S SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIP

Championship Schedule - at Trinity

Friday, February 1
Match 1: #9 Colby vs. #8 Hamilton - 7:00 p.m.
Match 2: #11 Tufts vs. #6 Bowdoin - 7:00 p.m.
Match 3: #10 Conn. College vs. #7 Wesleyan - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 2
Match 4: #5 Amherst vs. #4 Bates - 9:00 a.m.
Match 5: Winner Match 1 vs. #1 Trinity - 9:00 a.m.
Match 6: Winner Match 2 vs. #3 Middlebury - 10:30 a.m.
Match 7: Winner Match 3 vs. #2 Williams - 10:30 a.m.
Match 8: Winner Match 4 vs. Winner Match 5 - 3:00 p.m.
Match 9: Winner Match 6 vs. Winner Match 7 - 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 3
Match 10: Loser Match 8 vs. Loser Match 9 - 12:00 p.m.
Match 11: Winner Match 8 vs. Winner Match 9 - 1:30 p.m.

Consolation Schedule - at Wesleyan

Saturday, February 2
Match A: Loser Match 2 vs. Loser Match 3 - 10:00 a.m.
Match B: Loser Match 1 vs. Loser Match 2 - 12:15 p.m.
Match C: Loser Match 1 vs. Loser Match 3 - 2:30 p.m.

Consolation Schedule - at Trinity

Saturday, February 2
Match D: Loser Match 4 vs. Loser Match 5 - 3:00 p.m.
Match E: Loser Match 6 vs. Loser Match 7 - 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 3
Match F: Loser Match D vs. Loser Match E - 9:00 a.m.
Match G: Winner Match D vs. Winner Match E - 9:00 a.m.

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--courtesy NESCAC--