Squash Competes at NESCAC Championships
Issue   |   Tue, 02/10/2015 - 23:38
Rob Mattson
Haley McAtee ’18 earned a 3-1 win out of the No. 3 spot against Hamilton.

Women

Women’s squash kicked off the week with a strong start against Mt. Holyoke on Wednesday Feb. 4, winning 8-1. This win propelled them into competition last weekend at the NESCAC championships hosted by Williams.

Saturday, Feb. 6 opened with tough play against Bates resulting in a 6-3 Amherst loss. Highlights included back and forth play on the fifth court by Ericka Robertson ’16. After falling in the first set the junior battled back to take the second, third and fifth to win the match overall.

Moving into the consolation round, Amherst bounced back defeating Colby 6-3. Haley McAtee ’18 took the third court in five sets, while teammate Tiana Palmer-Poroner ’17 took the fourth court in four sets. Taryn Clary ’16, Meyha Sud ’16, Aggarwal and Johnson swept the sixth through ninth courts.

On Sunday the Jeffs beat Hamilton 6-3. McAtee, Palmer-Poroner and Robertson took the third through fifth courts, while Sud, Aggarwal and Johnson earned the seventh through ninth courts. The Amherst women return to play Feb. 13-15 at the WCSA Howe Cup.

Men

Friday Feb. 6 the Amherst team faced off against Connecticut College earning an 8-1 win to kick off the NESCAC tournament. The men then advanced to the quarterfinals against rival Williams, falling 6-3 to the host Ephs.

The next match-up of the day was against Wesleyan in the consolation round. Scott DeSantis ’15 on Court No. 2 won his match in five sets. The senior captain dropped the first two sets only to battle back and take the next three to win the match. Fellow captain Max Kardon ’15 also played a drawn-out five set match on the sixth court to earn a win for the Jeffs. Alex Southmayd ’15 and Darian Ehsani ’17 both took home wins on the fifth and eighth courts.

On Sunday Amherst matched up against Bowdoin to fall 5-4. Noah Browne ’16 defeated his opponent in three straight sets on the first court. DeSantis earned a victory on the second court in four sets. On Court No. 5 Ehsani won in four sets while Southmayd took the eighth court. The team plays on Feb. 20-22 at CSA Teams.

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