Panthers Advance to NESCAC Semis Before Falling to Williams

Beatrijs Kuijpers picked up two three-game victories during Saturday's action.
Beatrijs Kuijpers picked up two three-game victories during Saturday's action.

The 15th-ranked Panther women's squash team, seeded #3 in the NESCAC Tournament hosted by Trinity, advanced into the semifinal round on Saturday before falling to the second-seeded and 12th-ranked Williams by a score of 8-1. Middlebury earned a bye through the first round, and posted an 8-1 victory over sixth-seeded and 18th-ranked Hamilton in the quarterfinal round. The Panthers (7-7) return to play on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. in the third-place match against the #4 seed Amherst, ranked 16th in the latest national poll.

In the quarterfinal, Middlebury picked up seven of its eight victories against Hamilton in three games. Victories came from the 1-7 spots for the Panthers as Saskia Pownall-Gray, Tiffany Hau and Beatrijs Kuijpers were victorious in the top-three spots. Zoe Carey, Alexa Comai, Caroline Jahrling and Lucy Bostwick also recorded three-game victories in the fourth through seventh places in the ladder.

Audrey Ellen needed four games to tally the Panthers' eighth and final team point in the #8 spot.

Against the Ephs in the semifinal, Kuijpers picked up the lone win for the Panthers with a three-game triumph at #3. Carey and Comai battled for five games at #4 and #5 before falling to their respective opponents.