Panthers Edge Amherst in NESCAC Third-Place Match

Beatrijs Kuijpers eased by her opponent in three games in the top spot on Sunday.
Beatrijs Kuijpers eased by her opponent in three games in the top spot on Sunday.

The Middlebury women's squash team, seeded third and ranked 15th, finished in third place overall via a narrow 5-4 victory against fourth-seeded and 16th-ranked Amherst (10-6) in the 2018 NESCAC Tournament hosted by Hamilton. With the win, the Panthers improve to 10-6 and return to action on Friday when they take on Georgetown at 5:00 p.m. in a match at Navy.

Amherst got on the scoreboard first with a three-game win at #3. The Panthers took a 2-1 lead when Lucy Bostwick defeated Kimberly Krayacich in the second spot (14-12, 11-6, 11-2), followed by a four-game victory by Virginia Schaus over Madison Chen at #6 (11-9, 12-10, 9-11, 11-8). The Mammoths evened the match at 2-2 via a five-game victory at the bottom of the lineup.

The Panthers rattled off three-straight victories to secure the match. Mira Chugh fought back from a 2-1 deficit for a five-game victory over Pierson Klein in the eighth position (11-7, 4-11, 8-11, 11-8, 14-12), while Beatrijs Kuijpers eased past Haley McAtee at #1 (11-5, 11-7, 11-7). Emily Beinkampen clinched the match for the Panthers with an 11-8, 11-4, 11-6 triumph against Katy Sabina Correia in the seventh spot of the ladder.

Amherst grabbed the last two matches to finish at #3 and #5 for the final 5-4 score.