Women's Squash Freshman Hannah Burns Earns NESCAC Player of the Week

MEDFORD - With a perfect 4-0 record last week, freshman Hannah Burns of the Tufts Women's Squash team has been selected as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week following a vote by the coaches.

Burns won during Tufts' non-league match versus Boston College on Monday and then posted a perfect 3-0 record at the NESCAC Championship hosted over the weekend (Feb. 5-6) by Trinity and Wesleyan. She improved her season record to 11-4 overall.

In the #3 spot, Burns opened the week with a straight-game 11-9, 11-4, 11-5 win over Carlie Ladda from Boston College. Three of Burns' four wins during the week came in three games.

Burns earned Tufts' lone win in an 8-1 loss to #19 Bates College in the opening round of the NESCAC Championshp at Trinity Friday. After Burns won the first game 11-6, Bates' Katie Bull tied the score at 1-1 with an 11-6 victory. However, Burns rolled form there with 11-5 and 11-1 scores to win the match.

In consolation play at NESCAC's on Saturday at Wesleyan, Burns defeated Cardinal Bridget Doherty 11-3, 11-10, 11-4, and then Aaliyah Davidson from Connecticut College 11-6, 11-6, 11-7.

Burns is the third player on Tufts coach Joe McManus' women's team to earn a weekly honor this year. Freshman Zarena Jafry was named NESCAC Player of the Week on November 23 and College Squash Association Harrow Sports Player of the Week on January 28. Sophomore Lauren Banner was also NESCAC Player of the Week on December 7. Jumbos have won NESCAC Player of the Week honors in three of the five weeks they have been presented.

Tufts is 9-7 overall heading into a match against Boston University on Thursday.

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