Women's squash moves on to NESCAC championship quarterfinals

Jean Beecher '19 (Josh McKee photo)
Jean Beecher '19 (Josh McKee photo)

The Hamilton College Continentals dominated the Connecticut College Camels to the tune of an 8-1 decision in the first round of the 2019 NESCAC Women's Squash Championship at Trinity College's Kellner Squash Center on Friday night.

Hamilton (9-4 overall) advances to the quarterfinals on Saturday, Feb. 9 when the Continentals will take on Williams College at 12:15 p.m. The outcome of that match will determine Hamilton's schedule for the rest of the tournament. The Continentals entered the tournament as the seventh seed while Williams is seeded second. Hamilton is 21st in the Dunlop College Squash Rankings and the Ephs are 13th. 

The Continentals made quick work of the Camels, who are seeded 10th for the championship and ranked 27th. Charlotte Zonis '19 led off the ladder with a win in three games at the first position. After battling to win the first game 12-10, she dominated in the second and third by scores of 11-3 and 11-2.

Megan Grip '19 followed suit, winning at the second position in three games by scores of 11-6, 12-10 and 11-7. Caitlin Stern '21 and Sydney Soloway '22 both took the win in three games at the third and fourth positions, respectively.

Lindsay Jadow '19 earned her 10th win of the season at the sixth position in three games by scores of 11-4, 12-10 and 11-4. Eleanor Struthers '22 battled for the win in four games at the seventh position. Struthers claimed the first game by a score of 15-13 in a tense matchup before having an easier time in the second, 11-6. After dropping the third game, she came back in the fourth with an 11-9 decision and picked up another team point for Hamilton.

Maddie Sakheim '22 played a similar back-and-forth match at the eighth position, winning the first game but dropping the next two. Sakheim leads the team in wins despite this being her first season, and she used her skill and experience to dominate the last two games for her 11th victory. Jean Beecher '19 closed out the ladder, recording the win in three games at the ninth position.

The Continentals blanked Conn. College 9-0 at Hamilton's Little Squash Center back on Nov. 17 in the first match of the season.

-- Recap by Julia Booth '19