Panthers Finish Regular Season With Win at Franklin & Marshall

Mira Chugh tallied the fifth point in Sunday's win.
Mira Chugh tallied the fifth point in Sunday's win.

The 14th-ranked Middlebury women's squash team concluded its regular season on Sunday, blanking host Franklin & Marshall by a 9-0 tally in the Mayser Squash Courts. The Panthers (10-3) return to the court when they compete in the NESCAC Tournament hosted by Trinity from February 8-10.

In the victory over the 20th-ranked Diplomats (5-7), the Panthers surrendered just two games. Natasha Lowitt got Middlebury on the scoreboard with a win at No. 8 (11-4, 11-3, 11-5) over Liana Zranchev, while Ideal Dowling posted an 11-5, 11-7, 11-3 victory in the second spot against Emily Knapp. Virginia Schaus edged Emily Bartos at No. 4 (13-11, 11-3, 12-10), while Natalie Madden gave Middlebury a 4-0 lead with an 11-6, 19-17, 11-9 triumph over Grace Smith in the sixth slot.

Mira Chugh tallied the match-clinching fifth point with an 11-6, 11-2, 11-4 victory against Katie Anderson in the ninth position. Gwen Davis recorded an 11-4, 11-2, 11-5 win at No. 7 over Pratiksha Mishra, while Beatrijs Kuijpers was victorious atop the ladder against Ellen Verry (11-1, 11-3, 14-12).

Alexa Comai made it an 8-0 Panther advantage with a 7-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-3 win over Katherine Galambos in the third position, while Anne Glassie recorded a 2-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-2 win in the middle of the lineup against Melissa Epstein to round out the victory.