The #15 Middlebury women's squash team (8-9) lost a hard-fought battle 5-4 to sixth-seeded/#14 George Washington University in the Kurtz Cup (B Division) Consolation Semifinals on Saturday afternoon. The seventh-seeded Panthers face eighth-seeded Bates in the consolation playoff at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, while the Colonials take on Williams in the consolation finals on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Anne Glassie scored the first point of the day with a 3-0 victory (6,6,4) in the eighth spot. The visitors knotted the match 1-1 with a 3-1 win at #2, before George Washington took a 2-1 edge with a thrilling 3-2 triumph in the fifth flight.
At #9, Mira Chugh tied the contest 2-2 with the quickest victory of the day, holding her opponent to just two points (2,0,0) during nine minutes of action. The Colonials took a 3-2 lead with a point in the third spot, before Middlebury's Natasha Lowitt knotted the match 3-3 with a 3-0 win (9,8,3) at #7.
George Washington took a 4-3 advantage with a point in the top-spot, before the match was tied for the fourth time with a Panther victory in a close match in the fourth flight. Natalie Madden took the first pair of games (8,6), but her opponent came from behind to knot the match 2-2 with two-straight wins (6,7). Madden won the fifth game 11-5 to make it 4-4, but the Colonials grabbed the final point in the sixth spot to advance to the consolation finals.