Women's Squash Falls to Bates in CSA Team Championship Walker Cup Final

HARTFORD, Conn. – The Tufts women's squash team wrapped up play in the College Squash Association Team Championships on Sunday, falling to Bates, 6-3, in the Walker Cup Championship match. 

Zarena Jafry was able to pick up a win for the Jumbos on Sunday.

The Jumbos finish the season with a 12-7 record.  Bates improves to 13-8 with the win.

Senior Zarena Jafry took on Maeve O'Brien in the fourth spot and won a hard fought five game battle.  Jafry won the first two games, 11-4 and 11-3 before O'Brien made a comeback and won the third and fourth games, 11-6 and 11-5.  Jafry won the fifth game 11-2 to tally a point for the Jumbos. Freshman Diya Sanghi needed just three games to collect a win over Molly Brooks in the seventh position, winning 11-6, 11-7, 11-4.  The last Jumbo win came from junior Chloe Kantor in the eighth position, as she beat Natalie Bachman, 11-5, 11-6, 11-4. 

Sophomore Rachel Windreich won the first two games over Natahsa Jones in the sixth spot, 11-5 and 11-9.  Jones came back and won the third and fourth games in extra points, 14-12 and 12-10.  Jones then collected an 11-9 win in the fifth game to win for the Bobcats.  Junior Catherine Shanahan lost the first two games to Katherine Mantemrnach in the fifth position, but she was able to sneak out an 11-7 win in the third game to stay alive.  Manternach closed out the point for the Bobcats with a 11-7 win in the fourth game. 

Junior co-captain Claire Davidson also battled her Bobcat opponent in the first spot.  Davidson lost the first game to Luca Polgar in the first spot, but she came back and won the second.  Unfortunately, Polgar won 11-6 in the third and fourth games.  Sophomore Julie Yeung took on Kristyna Alexova in the second spot, but fell 11-5, 11-6, 11-4.  In the third position, freshman Megan Chen wasn't able to top Victoria Arjoon (11-2, 12-10, 11-2).  Senior captain Chista Irani rounded out the Jumbos lineup, taking on Kaite Bull in the ninth spot, but falling 11-7, 11-6, 14-12. 

The Jumbos finish the season as the No. 18 ranked team while Bates claims the No. 17 ranking with the win. The #18 ranking is the best for the Jumbos since they ended the 2008 season at #16.