|Claire Davidson won the #1 match for the Jumbos in three games|
HARTFORD – In a battle between the fourth and fifth seeds at the 2019 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Squash Championship, #4 Amherst College defeated #5 Tufts University 6-3 in the quarterfinals on Saturday morning at Trinity College.
Amherst (8-6) moves on to the semifinals where they will play host and #1 seed Trinity College on Saturday at 2:30 pm. The Jumbos, who are now 8-6 as well, will play a consolation match against #8 seed Wesleyan also on Saturday at 2:30 pm.
The match was competitive with five contests going to four games and one to five games with only three spots finishing in three games.
The Jumbos won in the top two positions. Junior co-captain Claire Davidson defeated Amherst's Caroline Conway at #1 12-10, 11-9, 11-2. In the second match, Tufts sophomore Julie Yeung won 11-7, 11-6, 11-4 over Amherst's Rachel Ang.
The five-game match was played at #6 where Jumbo sophomore Rachel Windreich prevailed over the Mammoths' Priya Sinha. Windreich was down 2-1 in the match before rallying to win the final two games and take the match by 9-11, 11-4, 6-11, 11-5, 11-1 scores.
Amherst took all five of the four-game matches. At #8, Tufts' Chloe Kantor won the first game 11-8 before Margaret Werner rolled off 11-4, 11-8 and 11-4 wins to claim the match for the Mammoths. Tufts freshman Diya Sanghi also had a 1-0 lead before Amherst's Pierson Klein came back for a 7-11, 11-8, 17-15, 11-3 win at #7. The #3 and #5 matches were both tied at 1-1 before Amherst's Lily Soroko (11-4, 11-13, 11-4, 11-4) and Keeley Osborn (11-7, 12-14, 11-9, 11-4) pulled out victories.
The Jumbos are the #5 seed in the tournament for the second straight season and wil get a change to hold that position in the final standings as the tournament plays on later Saturday and on Sunday.