Women's Squash Tallies Five Impressive Wins During Own Round Robin

Saskia Pownall-Gray battled back from a pair of 2-1 deficits Sunday for victories.
Saskia Pownall-Gray battled back from a pair of 2-1 deficits Sunday for victories.

The 16th-ranked Panther women's squash team posted five impressive victories during matches contested in the Middlebury Round Robin that took place Friday through Sunday. The team started things off with a pair of 9-0 wins Friday against #25 Wellesley and #27 Connecticut College. A day later, Middlebury upset #15 Bates by an 8-1 count. On Sunday, the Panthers completed the unblemished weekend with a 7-2 victory against #13 Franklin & Marshall followed by a 8-1 win over 18th-ranked  Hamilton.

In Friday's matches, the Panthers surrendered a total of just two sets combined in the 18 individual match wins.

Against the Bobcats on Saturday, the visitors grabbed their lone point in the top slot. From that point on, Middlebury dominated play and secured five team points in straight sets. Ahead by a score of 4-1, Middlebury's Liddy Renner clinched the win with a five-set victory in the fifth slot. In the #2 spot, Anne Wymard fell behind by two sets, but fought back and won the third set by a 16-14 score. In the fourth game, she posted a 12-10 win and edged her opponent 11-7 in the decisive set.

Middlebury tallied impressive individual efforts during Sunday's wins. Against F&M, Lucy Bostwick clinched the match with a 3-0 win at #8, including a 19-17 score in the final set. In the top slot, Saskia Pownall-Gray trailed two sets to one, but won the final two sets for the point. In the match with the Continentals, Pownall-Gray also worked her way to a win after dropping two of the first three sets, as the Panthers recorded six straight-set individual victories.

The Panthers return to the court Wednesday when they host 12th-ranked Williams at 5:00 p.m.