Panthers Fall to Virginia at CSA Team Nationals

Beatrijs Kuijpers was victorious atop the ladder on Saturday in four games.
Beatrijs Kuijpers was victorious atop the ladder on Saturday in four games.

The Middlebury women's squash team fell to #14 Virginia by a 7-2 score on Saturday in the Kurtz Cup consolation semifinal at the CSA Women's Squash National Team Championship. The three-day event is being hosted by Harvard in the Murr Center. The 15th-ranked Panthers (11-10) return to action Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in the 15th/16th-place match against #16 Amherst.

The Cavaliers grabbed the first point with a three-game win in the third spot of the ladder. Middlebury tied the match at 1-1 when Natasha Lowitt posted a four-game victory at #9 (11-7, 4-11, 13-11, 14-12).

Virginia rattled off six-consecutive victories at #6, #5, #2, #8, #4 and #7 for a 7-1 lead. A trio of those matches were decided in three games, two more in four games and the match at #8 went five games.

Beatrijs Kuijpers completed the scoring with a four-game victory at the #1 spot for the Panthers over Carey Danforth (11-9, 7-11, 11-4, 11-6) for the final 7-2 tally.