Women’s Squash Maintains Perfect Record with Two Wins on Saturday
Issue   |   Tue, 12/05/2017 - 22:09
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Jenna Finkelstein ’20 won her match without dropping a single point

The Amherst College women’s squash team extended its spotless record this week with wins against Conn. College and Northeastern University at home on Dec. 2. The Mammoths began the round robin tournament with a match against NESCAC rival Conn. College.

The match against the Camels saw Amherst notch wins on nine of the 10 courts. First-year Riddhi Sampat led the Mammoths by battling back to win in five sets at the number one position, 5-11, 11-2, 11-6, 8-11, and 11-8. The momentum only built from there, as Madison Chen ’21 glided through her match in the fourth position to win 11-1, 11-0, and 11-1. This was followed by Pierson Klein ’20 and Katy Correia ’20 at the sixth and eighth slots respectively, who won 11-2, 11-4, 11-3 11-2, 11-2 and 11-1, respectively.

A couple hours later, the Mammoths were back on the Davenport Courts, this time squaring up against Northeastern’s club squash team. This contest proved even easier, as the hosts swept each of the 10 courts.

Rachel Ang ’19 won her singles match at the second position 11-0, 11-2, 11-5. Margaret Werner ’21 and Jenna Finkelstein ’20 both had great showings as well, besting their opponents 11-0, 11-1, 11-3, and 11-1, 11-0, 11-0, respectively. Correia continued her dominance from the Conn. College match, not allowing her Northeastern opponent to score a single point in an 11-0, 11-0, 11-0 win. Rounding off the Mammoths’ sweep in the challenge match was Ashira Mawji ’21 winning 11-1, 11-1, 11-2 to seal the overall sweep.

“Coming into the match, our focus was on shot selection and ensuring we were in control of every point,” Werner said. “We definitely followed through with this, and in all of the points I saw, the Amherst women and men played controlled, well-placed shots. The 9-0 sweep of both matches in the round robin really reflects the focus both teams had throughout the day.”

The Mammoths are now undefeated at 4-0, with this weekend’s two wins adding to earlier routs of Tufts and Boston University. The Mammoths have yet to face a formidable opponent, a situation that is likely to change soon now that the season is in full swing.

Though the team will not have matches for the rest of the month, Amherst will face its first true test of the season when it returns to action against Yale on Sunday, Jan. 7 at 11 a.m.