Amherst Edged by Hamilton, 5-4

Contact: Mike O'Brien





poroner2YALE.jpgCLINTON, N.Y. – The sixth-seeded Amherst College women’s squash team was edged by fourth-seeded and host Hamilton College Sunday afternoon during the final day of competition at the 2014 NESCAC Championships.

The Jeffs are now 7-10 after the loss and earned sixth-place in the NESCAC.

Amherst dropped the top two spots in the lineup but Meyha Sud  ’16 claimed a victory in the No. 3 position. The sophomore won a decisive 11-2 first set before dropping the second frame. However, she retaliated nicely with wins of 11-9 and 16-14 to take the 3-1 edge.

In the No. 4 spot, Tiana Poroner-Palmer ’17 won a thrilling 3-2 matchup. Falling in the first set, 11-6, the first-year edged a 12-10 win in set two followed by an 11-7 win the following game. After dropping the fourth set, Poronor-Palmer won the final frame, 11-9.

Taryn Clary ’16 and Lena Rice ’14 continued their impressive seasons from the bottom of the lineup. Clary won her sixth straight match with a clean sweep from the No. 7 position. The sophomore earned wins of 11-4, 11-9 and 11-8.

In the No. 9 position, Rice enjoyed another win in four sets. After falling 12-10 in the first game, she rattled off three straight by scores of 11-9, 11-7 and 11-8.

Amherst returns to the courts Wednesday, Feb. 5 for a 6 p.m. contest versus Mt. Holyoke.