|Rachel Windreich lost just six points in her #4 victory|
MIDDLETOWN, CT - In a women's squash meeting between Tufts, ranked #19 in the latest College Squash Association national poll, and #20 William Smith College on Saturday, the Jumbos won all nine matches to improve to 6-1 on the season. The competition was held at Wesleyan University.
Despite the lopsided score, three of the nine matches went to four games and another was settled in five. The Jumbos took four contests in straight games and won at #9 by default over the Herons (5-3).
The most competitive match came at #3 where junior Zarena Jafry won in five over Joana Pacheco. Jafry trailed 1-0 before taking 11-7 and 11-9 wins to build a 2-1 advantage. Pacheco won 11-9 in the fourth before Jafry went extra to win the match with a 13-11 final in the fifth game.
In the first, second and sixth spots, Jumbos built 2-0 leads before losing the third game and then responding to clinch the match with victories in the fourth. Freshman #1 Julie Yeung won 11-9, 11-7, 5-11, 11-3 over Gabrielle Fraser. At #2, Jumbo sophomore Claire Davidson took an 11-2, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7 win. Senior Lauren Banner won at #6 over Peyton Capute by 11-6, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6 scores.
Freshman Rachel Windreich breezed to an 11-2, 11-1, 11-3 victory in the fourth match for Tufts. The most challenging of the three-game matches was #7 where Jumbo junior Sahana Karthik defeated Madeline Saiontz 11-9, 11-5, 11-3.
Including a match against host Wesleyan later in the day, this is the last action of the first semester for first-year head coach Joe Raho's Jumbos. They will take a semester break training trip to California where they will play Stanford on January 11. The Herons, who also wrapped up their first semester, will host Dickinson in their return to action on January 13.