Squash Teams Lose to Williams
By Carlyn Robertson '14, Sports Section Editor
The men’s and women’s squash teams each placed second in the Little Three Squash Championships at Amherst this Saturday. Both teams defeated Wesleyan but lost to Williams. The results marked the Ephs’ 12th-consecutive Little Three title. The Lord Jeff men are currently ranked 18th in the country with a record of 10-7, while the women are ranked 12th at 12-5.

The men’s team started the event brightly, cruising to an easy 8-1 victory over Wesleyan. Wesleyan’s John Steele beat Andrew Kriete ’11 at the No. 1 spot in sets, but the Jeffs took the other eight matches in straight sets.

Kriete, however, had a strong performance in the afternoon match against the Ephs, defeating his Williams opponent 3-2. The top two players traded games, with Williams’ William Morris taking the first and third frames 11-6 and 11-7. Kriete won the second game 11-8 and finished strong with 11-9 and 13-11 victories in the fourth and fifth frames.

Junior Steve Severson earned the Jeffs’ only other point in the 7-2 loss, winning his No. 7 spot bout in straight sets (11-9, 11-9 and 11-5). Sophomore Charles Loesch-Quintin and first-years David Kerr and Rodrigo Quan-Miranda pushed their matches to five frames but were unable to best their Eph opponents.

The women had a tough match against Wesleyan, but managed to eke out a 5-4 win. In a match full of close games, first-year Evelyn Kramer was the only player to beat her opponent in less than four sets, winning her No. 6 spot game 11-7, 11-7, 11-6. Other Jeff victories came from senior co-captain Allie Dalglish, Anne Piper ’13, senior co-captain Mimi Bell, and Caitlin Demkin ’11 at the No. 2, 3, 7 and 8 spots, respectively. Three games were dragged out to five frames, but the Cardinals triumphed in each of them.

The women went on to lose to Williams 7-2, a disappointing result for the hungry Jeffs. Piper earned one of the Jeffs’ victories in the No. 4 spot with a 3-1 win. She dropped the first match 7-11 but came back and took the next three 11-2, 11-9, and 12-10. Kramer also won her game at the No. 7 spot. She bested her Eph opponent in five frames, winning the first, fourth and fifth frames 11-5, 14-12 and 11-8. Anna Sheidt ’12 pushed her game to five frames as well, but just missed earning a point for the Jeffs.

The women’s team has one final match against Mount Holyoke next week before the men’s and women’s Little Three teams all meet again next weekend at Trinity for the NESCAC championships.

Issue 13, Submitted 2011-02-03 09:03:49