Women’s Squash Ends Year 15th in Country
Issue   |   Tue, 02/19/2013 - 23:11

The women’s squash team capped their season in impressive fashion, finishing ranked 15th nationally in the season-ending CSA National Championship Kurtz Cup held at Yale Univ The Lady Jeffs fell to Dartmouth and George Washington before rallying to defeat Franklin & Marshall in their final match of the season.

In their first match of the Kurtz Cup, the eighth-seeded Jeffs were clearly overmatched against top-seeded and No. 9 nationally Dartmouth, falling 9-0.

They only managed to win one game in the defeat, which came from first-year standout Taryn Clary ’16.

Moving into the consolation bracket, the Jeffs fell to No. 12 George Washington, 7-2. The result matched the score of the first meeting between the two schools, which occurred on Dec. 1. Clary and fellow first-year Khushy Aggarwal recorded the two victories for the College.

Senior co-captain Anne Piper wished the Jeffs could have been better “able to take advantage of the fact that we had played them before”. However, she thought the team as a whole “played well”.

That strong play continued against 14th-ranked Franklin & Marshall in the last match of the season. The Jeffs came out strong and recorded a 6-3 upset victory over the Diplomats.

“F&M was the best match, not only because we won (and thus advanced in ranking), but also because we allowed our mental toughness to overcome our physical exhaustion,” Piper said.

The women end the season with an impressive 14-9 record. Though some players will compete in CSA Individual Nationals March 1-3, the matches will not count towards the team’s overall record.

Piper labeled the season as “a definitive success; we advanced in rankings, established fantastic team unity and had fun both on and off the court.”

She is also hopeful about the state she and her fellow seniors leave the team in.

“The future is bright for Amherst Women’s Squash; although we are graduating five seniors, our current freshmen class is particularly strong, and we have some fantastic prospects coming in next year,” Piper said.

The men’s team will compete in the same tournament this weekend before joining the women’s team the following weekend for individual nationals.