Middlebury Edged 5-4 in Kurtz Cup Consolation Semifinals

Mira Chugh held her opponent to just two points (2,0,0) over the span of nine minutes.
Mira Chugh held her opponent to just two points (2,0,0) over the span of nine minutes.

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.