Young women's squash team ready for 2019-20 season

Photo by Josh McKee
Photo by Josh McKee

The Hamilton College Continentals dropped a 9-0 decision against the Middlebury College Panthers at Hamilton's Little Squash Center in the Continentals' season opener on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Hamilton is 23rd in the College Squash Team Rankings and Middlebury is 14th. Both teams were playing their 2019-20 season opener.

The Continentals aren't scheduled to play at home again until Feb. 1 when they take on Colby and William Smith College. Hamilton also hosts Vassar College and Colgate University on Feb. 2. The Continentals have seven matches with NESCAC teams on their schedule and they play in the conference championship at Wesleyan from Feb. 7 to Feb. 9. The College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championships will be held at Yale University from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23 and the CSA National Individual Championships are at the University of Pennsylvania in early March. Hamilton travels to southern Pennsylvania during Winter Break in January when they will play at Dickinson College and at Franklin & Marshall College.

The Continentals finished last season with an 11-9 record. Hamilton defeated Connecticut College in the first round of the 2019 NESCAC Women's Squash Championships. 
The Continentals knocked off St. Lawrence University on the last day of the CSA National Team Championships.

There are plenty of new faces on the Continentals' roster as 11 of the 13 players are either first-years or sophomores. Both juniors -- Liesl Guenther '21 and Eleonor Wolf '21 -- are studying off campus during the fall semester and plan to return in early January. Guenther won eight matches near the middle of the ladder and Wolf played the majority of her matches at the exhibition position.

Sydney Soloway '22 is the top returner for Hamilton as she posted a 10-10 record near the middle of the ladder. Soloway was selected the NESCAC Performer of the Week on Dec. 3 right after Soloway went 2-0 at the fifth position and defeated St. Lawrence University and Mount Holyoke College.

Eleanor Struthers '22 went 11-8 near the bottom of the ladder while Madison Sakheim '22 won a team-high 15 matches and went 6-5 against NESCAC opponents near the bottom of the ladder as well. The Continentals and Head Coach Jamie King, who is in his 16th season leading the women, have a big hole in the lineup to fill as Charlotte Zonis '19 made the all-conference team and competed in the CSA National Individual Championships before she graduated in the spring.

Hamilton plays Bowdoin at Wesleyan on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 5 p.m.

RESULTS

No. 14 Middlebury 9, No. 23 Hamilton 0
Hamilton's Little Squash Center (Clinton, N.Y.)
November 16, 2019

1. Caroline Arena (M) d. Hope Worcester 3-1 (8-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-7).
2. Gwen Davis (M) d. Katherine Hodulik 3-0 (11-5, 11-3, 11-6).
3. Natasha Lowitt (M) d. Natalie Harrity 3-0 (11-4, 11-5, 11-5).
4. Anne Glassie (M) d. Sydney Soloway 3-0 (11-4, 11-6, 11-3).
5. Mira Chugh (M) d. Eleanor Struthers 3-0 (11-8, 11-4, 11-3).
6. Grace Santoro (M) d. Madison Sakheim 3-1 (11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8).
7. Maya McDonough (M) d. Daisy Sulavik 3-0 (11-7, 11-5, 11-5).
8. Kieran Suntha (M) d. Eleanor Arnold 3-0 (11-4, 11-7, 11-4).
9. Summer Hornbostel (M) d. Carolina Conzelman 3-0 (11-6, 11-6, 11-1).
Ex. Eliza Freedman (M) d. Lila Kirchhoff 3-0 (11-2, 11-2, 11-1).

Records: Middlebury 1-0; Hamilton 0-1.