|Rachel Windreich went five games for her victory at #6|
CAMBRIDGE – The Tufts University women's squash team finished with a winning record against NESCAC teams in its regular season following a 6-3 victory against Bates College at Harvard on Friday night.
The 17th-ranked Jumbos are now 6-4 overall and 5-3 against the conference foes on their schedule. They received victories against Bates from Megan Chen, Zarena Jafry, Rachel Windreich, Diya Sanghi, Chloe Kantor and Chista Irani.
Bates, #19 in the national poll, dropped to 5-6 overall. Bobcats wins Friday night came from Luca Polgar, Kristyna Alexova and Maeve O'Brien.
The Bobcats defeated Tufts twice last season by 7-2 scores, once during the regular-season and again in the College Squash Association Walker Cup semifinals.
Though Bates won the top two matches, the Jumbos proved to have more depth. They earned wins in the third, fourth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth spots. The match was very tight with three contests going five games, two more lasting four games and three of the others ending in close three-game affairs.
The only match that wasn't particularly close was at #3 where Tufts' Chen defeated Victoria Arjoon from Bates 11-4, 11-7, 11-8. The Jumbos also had three-set wins by Jafry and Sanghi, but their opponents scored 32 and 22 points respectively. The middle game in the match between Jafry and Katherine Manternach from Bates at #4 finished at 19-17 in favor of the Jumbo.
Bates took two of the three five-game matches. At #1, Polgar defeated Tufts' Claire Davidson 6-11, 11-7, 13-11, 8-11, 11-4. O'Brien outlasted Tufts' Catherine Shanahan at #5 11-4, 8-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7. Windreich posted Tufts' five-gamer 14-12, 11-7, 11-13, 9-11, 11-6 in the sixth match.
In the eighth and ninth spots, Kantor and Irani won in four games for Tufts. Kantor won three games in a row after dropping the first. Irani pulled out of a 1-1 tie with wins in the third and fourth games.
The Jumbos will take their momentum into a busy Saturday as they travel to Mount Holyoke College for matches against William Smith and the host Lyons. Bates takes the same trip and plays the same teams tomorrow as well.