Amherst Advances, Defeats Conn. College, 8-1

Contact: Mike O'Brien



generic4YALE.jpgCLINTON, NY – The sixth-seeded Amherst College women’s squash team defeated 11th-seeded Conn. College, 8-1, on Friday night in the first round of the NESCAC Championships, hosted by Hamilton College at the Little Squash Center.

The Jeffs improved to 6-7 on the season and advanced to the quarterfinals to face third-seeded Williams tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. With the loss, the Camels fall into the consolation round and will play the loser of No. 7 Bowdoin versus No. 10 Tufts tomorrow at 9:30 p.m. on the campus of Colgate University.

Conn. College claimed a 3-1 win from the top spot but it was all Amherst from the No. 2 position down to the No. 9 spot.

At the top of the lineup, Arielle Lehman ’15 and Meyha Sud ’16 earned wins from the No. 2 and No. 3 positions, respectively. Lehman jumped out to a 1-0 lead before falling in the second frame. However, the junior retaliated nicely with scores of 11-6 and 11-2 to take a 3-1 win. Sud swept her opponent with wins of 11-4, 11-6 and 11-5.

Six other Jeffs swept their opponents Friday night, starting with Tiana Poroner-Palmer ’17 from the No. 4 spot. The first-year won by scores of 11-5, 11-5 and 11-3. In the No. 5 and No. 6 positions, Evelyn Kramer ’14 won decisively, 11-4, 11-3 and 11-3, and Khushy Aggarwal ’16 claimed her match with wins of 11-2, 11-5 and 11-3.

The bottom of the lineup excelled, outscoring their opponents, 99-17. Taryn Clary ’16 continued her impressive season, winning by scores of 11-1, 11-4 and 11-2 from the No. 7 spot. Corri Johnson ’16 won handedly in the No. 8 position, allowing just three points with wins of 11-2, 11-0 and 11-1 and Lena Rice ’14 won the first two games by scores of 11-3 before pulling away with an 11-1 win in set three from the No. 9 spot.

Amherst returns to the Little Squash Center tomorrow, Feb. 1, to face No. 3 Williams in the NESCAC Quarterfinals at 1:30 p.m.