|Freshman Diya Sanghi won her #7 match in four games|
HARTFORD, Conn. – The Tufts University women's squash team will play for the Walker Cup championship at the College Squash Association (CSA) Nationals following a 7-2 victory over Franklin and Marshall College in the semifinals on Saturday.
The Jumbos (12-6) will face familiar foe Bates College in the Walker Cup final on Sunday at 2:30 pm at Trinity College. The Bobcats were 9-0 winners against Dickinson in the other semifinal on Saturday. This will be the third time this year that Tufts and Bates have met.
The Walker Cup features the teams ranked 17th through 24th in the CSA poll. The Jumbos and Bobcats will be playing for the #17 national ranking, while the losing team will finish at #18. The Jumbos are the top seed in the Walker bracket and Bates is third.
Franklin and Marshall, who dropped to 7-12, will play Dickinson on Sunday at 2:30 at Wesleyan with the #19 national ranking at stake.
Tufts handled the Diplomats pretty well in a match that saw three contests finish in four games and one in five games. Five matches were decided in three games.
The five-game match was played at #6 where Jumbo sophomore Rachel Windreich held off a strong comeback by F&M's Grace Smith 11-4, 11-4, 9-11, 7-11, 13-11.
Tufts took two of the three four-game matches. At #2, sophomore Julie Yeung built a 2-0 lead and went on to win 11-5, 11-4, 8-11, 11-9. Jumbo freshman Diya Sanghi lost her first game against Pratiksha Mishra at #7 before earning an 8-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-8 victory. Katherine Galambos from the Diplomats broke a 1-1 tie against Tufts freshman Megan Chen at #3 to win a tight match 11-9, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9.
The Jumbos had more depth than Franklin & Marshall as the Jumbos won the bottom two matches handily. Both sophomore Chloe Kantor and senior co-captain Chista Irani allowed just 12 points to their opponents in eight and ninth spot victories, respectively.
The top match went to the Diplomats as Ellen Verry defeated Claire Davidson 11-8, 11-9, 11-5. Tufts senior Zarena Jafy won a similarly-played fourth match over Emily Bartos 11-8, 11-7, 11-7.
Win or lose tomorrow against Bates, Tufts will earn its best national finish since the Jumbos were 16th in 2008.