Athletics

Jeffs Down Wesleyan, Take Fifth

Contact: Matthew Hart

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HARTFORD, Conn. – The Amherst College women’s squash team notched an 8-1 win over Wesleyan University Sunday morning in the fifth-place match of the NESCAC Championship hosted by Trinity. Defeating the seventh-seeded Cardinals for the third time in as many weeks, the No. 5 Jeffs held seed for the weekend, improving two spots on their finish at the 2012 conference tournament.

While the final score was lopsided, Sunday’s match carried plenty of drama as all but one of Amherst’s wins went beyond three games. The Jeffs’ top three each notched exciting 3-2 wins in comeback fashion, headlined by senior Chandler Lusardi’s triumph over Wesleyan’s Mary Foster ’14 at No. 1. Dropping the first game 11-7, Lusardi bounced back to take the next two, 11-7 and 11-4, but Foster wasn’t finished, posting an 11-8 win and forcing a fifth game which went to Lusardi, 11-6.

At No. 2, Anne Piper ’13 won a seesaw affair with Annie Maxwell ’15, dropping the first and third but coming back to win the last two games for the 3-2 (4-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-7, 11-2) win. In the next slot down, Arielle Lehman ’14 completed an even more dramatic rally as she saw Lauren Nelson ’15 jump to a 2-0 lead with 11-5 and 11-8 wins but stayed alive with an 11-8 third-game triumph then controlled the final two, 11-4 and 11-6, for the thrilling win.

Things were easier the rest of the way for Amherst as the Jeffs took each of the next four spots by 3-1 scores. At No. 4, Meyha Sud ’16 still needed a comeback as she dropped a close first to Grace Zimmerman ’13 but rebounded in a big way, cruising in the next three games for the win (9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-3). Ericka Robertson ’16 grabbed a 2-0 lead over Claire Miller ’15 at No. 5 and finished off the 3-1 (11-7, 11-5, 4-11, 11-6) win after a third-game setback.

Evelyn Kramer ’15 continued the Amherst success at No. 6, rebounding from a third-game loss to take down Kar-Anne Tan ’14, 3-1 (11-1, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6). The No. 7s match proved to be a thriller as Corri Johnson ’16 took a 2-0 lead over Danielle Craig ’13, winning 11-8 before a marathon 15-13 triumph in the second. Craig rebounded with an 11-6 win in the third and nearly forced a fifth game, but Johnson held on in an epic fourth, winning 17-15 to take the 3-1 decision.

Nell Schwed ’14 picked up the Cardinals’ lone win at No. 8, sweeping Khushy Aggarwal ’16 (11-9, 11-6, 11-8), but Taryn Clary ’16 capped the win for Amherst, completing her undefeated weekend in the ninth spot with a 3-0 (11-6, 11-4, 11-3) sweep of Liza Bayless ’16.

Amherst will travel to Pioneer Valley rival Mount Holyoke for a 6 p.m. match on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Saturday Recap

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NO. 5 AMHERST 8, NO. 7 WESLEYAN 1
1. Chandler Lusardi (A) def. Mary Foster (W), 3-2 (7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 8-11, 11-6)
2. Anne Piper (A) def. Annie Maxwell (W), 3-2 (4-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-7, 11-2)
3. Arielle Lehman (A) def. Lauren Nelson (W), 3-2 (5-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-6)
4. Meyha Sud (A) def. Grace Zimmerman (W), 3-1 (9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-3)
5. Ericka Robertson (A) def. Claire Miller (W), 3-1 (11-7, 11-5, 4-11, 11-6)
6. Evelyn Kramer (A) def. Kar-Anne Tan (W), 3-1 (11-1, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6)
7. Corri Johnson (A) def. Danielle Craig (W), 3-1 (11-8, 15-13, 6-11, 17-15)
8. Nell Schwed (W) def. Khushy Aggarwal (A), 3-0 (11-9, 11-6, 11-8)
9. Taryn Clary (A) def. Liza Bayless (W), 3-0 (11-6, 11-4, 11-3)
10. Lena Rice (A) def. Hannah Jenkins (W), 3-0 (11-3, 11-2, 11-4)