Panthers Victorious in NESCAC Third-Place Match Over Amherst

Beatrijs Kuijpers won all three of her matches during this weekend's NESCAC Championship.
Beatrijs Kuijpers won all three of her matches during this weekend's NESCAC Championship.

The Middlebury women's squash team, seeded third and ranked 15th, finished in third place overall with a 6-3 victory over fourth-seeded and 16th-ranked Amherst in the 2016 NESCAC Tournament hosted by Trinity. With the win, the Panthers improved to 8-7 and will return to action at the CSA Team Championships at Yale.

The Purple & White recorded wins in the top-two spots of the ladder, both coming in four games. Three-game victories were tallied by the Panther trio of Beatrijs Kuijpers at #3 (11-3- 11-8, 11-6), Zoe Carey in the fourth spot (13-11, 11-3, 12-10) and Alexa Comai at #5 (11-9, 12-10, 11-3). Amherst picked up its third point of the match with a win at #6.

The bottom of the ladder came up big for the Panthers with three wins in spots seven through nine. Lucy Bostwick needed just three games at #7 for the victory (11-7, 11-6, 11-9), while Audrey Ellen at #8 (9-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-3) and Hope Matthews in the ninth slot (11-6, 10-12, 11-6, 11-9) both mustered wins in four games.