Athletics

Amherst Women Seeded 14th in CSA Championships

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College women’s squash team will head to Yale University for this weekend’s 2010 College Squash Association National Team Championships. Competition will begin Friday, Feb. 26, with a 4:30 p.m. match against Bates College, and will conclude Sunday, Feb. 28.

Forty-one teams will be competing in six divisions, with matches taking place at Yale and Choate Rosemary Hall. The 14th-ranked Lord Jeffs will be competing in the Kurtz Cup (B Division) with teams ranked No. 9 to No. 16. Fourth-ranked Princeton is in search of its fourth consecutive national title in the Howe Cup (A Division), but Harvard enters the weekend as the top-ranked team.

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The Jeffs will begin their weekend with Friday’s 4:30 p.m. match against the 11th-ranked Bobcats in the Kurtz Cup opening round. The winner of that match will move on to play either No. 10 Brown or No. 15 Hamilton Saturday at 9 a.m., with the loser set to face either the Bears or Continentals Saturday at 2 p.m. Complete brackets for each of the six divisions can be found on the CSA website.

Amherst (11-7) was ranked No. 14 in the Feb. 22 final regular season poll as winners of eight of its past 10 matches. Last year proved to be one of the most successful in program history for the Jeffs, who finished at 16-10 in dual matches—the best finish since the 2003-04 team went 17-9—and went on to win the Walker Cup (C Division) at the National Championships as the 17th-ranked team in the nation.

Last year’s Walker Cup title marked the program’s lone first-place finish in the CSA Championships, but the Lord Jeffs will be going up against tougher competition in the Kurtz Cup. While Friday will mark the first meeting between Amherst and Bates this season, the Jeffs are 0-5 against teams ranked between No. 9 and No. 13, and are 2-0 against No. 15 Hamilton and 1-0 against No. 16 Colby. Amherst last played in the Kurtz Cup in 2005, finishing 11th in the tournament. The Jeffs advanced to the finals of the 2004 Kurtz Cup but fell to Bates in the title match, 5-4.

Amherst’s projected lineup for this weekend is as follows: 1) Hayley Milbourn ’11; 2) Chandler Lusardi ’13; 3) Allie Dalglish ’11; 4) Kate Savage ’12; 5) Anna Scheidt ’12; 6) Anne Piper ’13; 7) Caitlin Demkin ’11; 8) Mimi Bell ’11; 9) Mary Katherine McNeill ’13; 10) Sarah Nyirjesy ’13.

Visit the CSA website for updates throughout the National Championships.