Ephs Beats Ivy League Brown Bears for First Time in 8 Years, 7-2
PROVIDENCE, RI -- During the Purple Cows' final match of the season before nationals, spirits were high. Historically, the Williams vs Brown match has always been a true nail-biter. The Ephs arrived ready to face Brown, not thinking about rankings or anything else besides what they needed to accomplish on court today.
All nine players who contributed to victory played their hearts out today. Sarah Willwerth, at the number 6 position, played the game of the year, winning with a score of 20-18 that truly left the audience's heart rate incredibly high. Willwerth lost in the 4th game after a truly scrappy, well-played battle.
Caroline Hogan at the number nine position won in 4 games, using great attacking shots to her advantage. Julia Ward, at the number three position, really defined the word "comeback" today by coming back in an inspiring way. She fought her way to a 5th game and pulled through to victory.
Up next on court, Melissa Swann at the number 8 position won in 3 games, thanks to her rhythmic breathing, excellent rails, and her grit. Abby Leblanc at the number 7 position also played in an inspiring way today, perhaps looking to teammate Ward. She fought back after being down 2-0 to win in 5. She utilized her endurance and athleticism to best her opponent.
Co-captain Hayley Parsons won in 3 games during a fast-paced match against an opponent who fought hard. Co-captain Nicole Friedman battled hard at the number 1 position but fell gracefully to a tough opponent. Co-captain Ananya Mahalingam-Dhingra at number 5 played crisply, hitting tight rails and great offensive shots. She won in an exciting 5 gamer. Esther Baek at the number 4 position played hard to win in 4. She hit a flick drop nick that was crucial to her match right into front right corner. After an incredible match, the team looks ahead to more battles and more victories at Nationals.
The seniors commented, "There aren't really words to describe how huge this win was today. Going to another team's home courts, on a Thursday, and playing like we played today is a huge feat and I couldn't be prouder of the team. This is the first time in the seniors' Williams career that we have beaten an Ivy League team, and to do so this decisively is a testament to the level of talent we have with this group of players. We honestly couldn't be prouder. "
Assistant coach Blair Dils said, "Just a really strong outing for the team tonight. We were determined and poised in critical junctures. Top to bottom on our roster we played attacking squash. And it definitely feels good to finally knock of Brown after coming so close the last seven years."
Scores to come.