The fifth-seeded Middlebury women's squash team (7-7) earned a 7-2 victory over fourth-seeded Bates (10-4) in a NESCAC Quarterfinal match on Saturday morning, but fell 9-0 to top-seeded Trinity (13-2) later in the day. The Panthers will play in the third-place match against the loser of the Amherst/Williams semifinal contest on Sunday at noon. The Bantams will play for their 13th-straight title at the same time on Sunday.
In the quarterfinal match against Bates, Caroline Arena earned her 10th victory of the season in the seventh spot (7,6,4), giving Middlebury a 1-0 edge. Knotted 1-1, the Panthers won four-straight to clinch the match. At #5, Emily Beinkampen fell 11-9 in the first game, but won three-straight (2,8,8) to pick up her 25th career-victory. Natasha Lowitt cruised past her opponent in the sixth spot (6,7,8). Later, #2 Virginia Schaus dropped her first game 15-13, but won three-straight (3,9,1) to earn her 30th career-win, making it a 4-1 match.
In the eighth flight, Anne Glassie fell 11-9 in the first game, before winning two-straight (11,9) to take a 2-1 edge. Her opponent won the fourth 11-5, but Glassie was victorious 11-1 in the final game, clinching the match for Middlebury (5-1) and advancing them to the semifinal round.
The Panthers earned two points in spots three and nine. Gwen Davis won by scores of 2-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-9 at #3, before Mira Chugh battled for a point at #9. Chugh jumped out to a 2-0 lead (7,7), but 11-9 and 12-10 victories by her opponent forced the match into a fifth game, where Chugh won 11-9 for the 7-2 final score.
Trinity blanked Middlebury in a NESCAC Semifinal match 9-0, as the defending champions advance to the Title match for the 13th consecutive season.