Women’s Squash Falls in NESCAC Semifinals

Mira Chugh won two matches this weekend, as she now has 45 for her career.
Mira Chugh won two matches this weekend, as she now has 45 for her career.

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.