|Catherine Shanahan lost just seven points in her #4 match|
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Tufts University women's squash team opened Walker Cup play at the College Squash Association (CSA) Team Nationals by breezing to a 9-0 victory over St. Lawrence University on Friday at Wesleyan.
Tufts (11-6) is the #1 seed in the Walker Cup, which includes the teams ranked 17th through 24th in the most recent CSA national poll. With the win over the Saints, Tufts advances to play fourth-seed Franklin and Marshall College in the Walker Cup semi-finals on Saturday at 6:30 pm. Franklin and Marshall, seeded fourth in the Walker bracket, upended third-seed Mount Holyoke 6-3 on Friday. The Diplomats (7-11) will play the Jumbos in the semifinals at Trinity College on Saturday night with the winner of that match moving on to Sunday's Walker Cup final.
Saint Lawrence (5-9) drops into the loser's bracket and will play Mount Holyoke College on Saturday at 10:30 am at Wesleyan.
Tufts won all nine of the matches against the Saints in straight games. Junior Catherine Shanahan had the most convincing victory, losing just seven points in her #4 match versus Starnisha Ramsey (11-3, 11-1, 11-3). Tufts sophomore Rachel Windreich also sped to an 11-6, 11-2, 11-1 victory in the fifth match. Sophomore Chloe Kantor gave away just 10 points in an 11-4, 11-5, 11-1 seventh match.
The top two contests were the most competitive. Tufts #1 Claire Davidson, who earlier in the day was announced as a first team All-NESCAC recipient, won 11-9, 11-7, 11-8 over Sanna Koivumaki. At #2, All-NESCAC second team choice Megan Chen was a 12-10, 11-5, 12-10 winner against Makyla Kelley.
Other Tufts victories came from senior Zarena Jafry at #3, freshman Diya Sanghi at #6, senior co-captain Chista Irani at #8 and senior Sahana Karthik at #9. The Jumbos were playing without their usual #2 Julie Yeung.