Women’s Squash Falls Short at Div. III Invite
Issue   |   Wed, 02/12/2014 - 00:06

Four Lady Jeffs squash players competed at the Div. III Individual Invitational hosted by Bowdoin last weekend, Feb. 7-9.

Amherst was one of 14 schools participated in the tournament. Ericka Robertson ’16, Arielle Lehman ’15 and Meyha Sud ’16 performed in the “A” bracket for the Jeffs, while Captain Evelyn Kramer ’14 played in the “B” division.

Lehman fell to Samantha Matos of Bates in the first round. After winning the first two games by a close score, 11-7, 15-13, Lehman couldn’t clinch a third and final game.

Matos came out with a 3-2 win over Lehman with the final score, 7-11, 13-15, 11-6, 11-9, 11-6.

Sud could not make it past the first round either, as she was ousted 3-0 by Alyssa Northrop, the second seed of the tournament and top player from Williams.

Both Lehman and Sud moved on to the first consolation bracket, where they also lost in the first rounds there.

Robertson, however, was able to secure a victory in the first round over Annie Maxwell of Wesleyan. The sophomore beat the Cardinal in three straight games, 11-7, 11-3, 11-7, to move on to day two, where she faced Middlebury’s Abigail Jenkins.

Battling the fourth-seeded senior, Robertson was stopped short in a 3-0 loss, falling 4-11, 4-11, 2-11. Jenkins was the eventual winner of the tournament, defeating Randima Ranaweera of Mount Holyoke in the finals. Robertson will likely face Ranaweera on Wednesday, as she is the top player for the Lyons.

Following the loss, Robertson moved on to compete in the second consolation bracket, yet she defaulted due to an injury.

In the “B” division, after losing the first game, 8-11, to Ashley Arthur of Conn. College, Kramer, seeded third in her bracket, claimed the next three games with 11-2, 11-4, and 11-9 victories.

The senior went on the quarterfinals to face Tara Tischio of Colby. Kramer again sealed the victory, beating Tischio 3-0, by a score of 11-7, 11-5, 11-6.

The semis dealt Kramer a 3-1 loss to Bowdoin’s Chloe Polikoff in a closely contested match. The final score of the match was 8-11, 11-9, 7-11, 9-11.

In the third/fourth place match later that day, Kramer faced Elizabeth Brehman of Colby. The two battled in a five games, going back and forth for the duration of the match.

In the end, Brehman was victorious, 3-2, by a score of 9-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 11-5. With the loss, Kramer finished fourth overall in the tournament.

The women will host 23rd-ranked Mount Holyoke Wednesday, Feb. 12, in a match that was rescheduled due to last week’s snow. The Jeffs hope to finish off their last home match of the season with a victory.

With just a few weeks remaining in their season, the 17th-ranked Jeffs look to finish strong. The team will be preparing for CSA Team Nationals held at Princeton, Feb. 21-23 and CSA Individual Championships held at Penn, Feb. 28 - Mar. 2.

“We have nationals in two weekends, and we should be seeded at the top of our division, so we plan to work hard over the next two weeks and win the division! It will definitely be a challenge because we expect to face F&M and possibly Bowdoin, who are both teams that we have been very competitive with this season. As for Mount Holyoke on Wednesday, it’s our last home match, and we’re going into it feeling confident to end our season on a high note,” said Kramer.