Milbourn, Warner Earn All-NESCAC Second Team Honors

AMHERST, MA – The New England Small College Athletic Conference named Amherst College juniors Hayley Milbourn (Baltimore, MD) and Brian Warner (Atlanta, GA) to the 2010 Women’s and Men's Squash All-Conference Second Teams this afternoon. While this marks Warner's first postseason honor, Milbourn was also named to the Second Team last year. 

After playing as the Amherst women's number two all last season, Milbourn moved up to the top of the ladder for the team’s 2009-10 season opener. Milbourn posted a 14-9 overall record this season, making her one of the team’s top performers.

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Amherst head coach Tom Carmean said Milbourn is “a naturally gifted athlete who brings a strong sense of competition to everything she does.” One of the highlights of Milbourn’s season for her coach was a win over Mount Holyoke’s top player early in the season, which Carmean believes set the tone for the year.

Milbourn and the Lord Jeffs put together a handful of hot streaks during the 2009-10 season. After starting the season 3-0, Amherst had a five-match win streak in the middle of the year that improved its record from 3-5 to 8-5. The Jeffs won four of their final five matches to finish the season at 13-8, marking the second consecutive season that Amherst has finished the year at least five matches above .500.

Warner led an Amherst men's team that finished at 12-9, the program's best record since the 1996-97 squad went 14-4. The Lord Jeffs posted a 2-2 record at the NESCAC Championships before nearly winning the Summers Cup at the CSA Championships. Amherst won its first two matches of the national tournament but fell to Middlebury in a nail-biter, 5-4, to finish the season as the 18th-ranked team in the nation.

Warner posted an impressive 8-2 record in his first 10 matches as the team's No. 3 player, and his outstanding play bumped him up to the top spot in the lineup for the team's final eight matches. Warner picked up a pair of victories in the No. 1 hole, but it was a dominant stretch earlier in the season that made him stand out. In Amherst's back-to-back 8-1 losses to powerhouses Dartmouth and Brown, Warner was the team's lone player to earn a victory, winning each match by a 3-1 score as the No. 3 player.

With Amherst returning its top seven players and eight of its top nine, Warner is poised to lead next year's team to the next tier of competition.