Ephs beat Mammoths and Cardinals to clinch 19th consecutive Little Three title

Abigail LeBlanc '21 - Courtesy Michael T. Bello/mtbello.com
Abigail LeBlanc '21 - Courtesy Michael T. Bello/mtbello.com

MIDDLETOWN, CT - The Williams Women's squash team played with focus and heart this weekend to beat their rivals, Amherst and Wesleyancaptured their 19th consecutive title of Little Three champions.

After a thrilling weekend of upsets and lots of squash last weekend, the Ephs rallied once again for Little Threes, this year played at Wesleyan. The team was ready to face first their rival, Amherst College at 1 pm. Starting off the match were Anna Nicholson, Abby Leblanc, and Julia Ward at the number nine, six, and three positions respectively. Anna Nicholson won quickly in 3 games against an opponent who used lots of lobs and sneaky drop shots. Abby Leblanc played fiercely in a 5-game battle, ultimately winning due to her endurance and determination to defeat her opponent. Julia Ward also won in 3 games.

Up next on court were Caroline Hogan and Sarah Willwerth, at the number 8 and 5 positions, and both won in 4 games. Esther Baek, co-captain Hayley Parsons, Melissa Swann, and Co-captain Nicole Friedman all went on to win in 3 games, with Parsons' opponent defaulting due to illness. The match was a landslide victory despite Amherst's strong fight, and it was a wonderful day to honor the long-term friendly rivalry between the two liberal arts giants.

Up next was the Ephs' match against Wesleyan. Towards the bottom and middle of the ladder, numbers 9-4 all won easily in 3 games. Highlights of the match include co-captain Hayley Parson's 5-gamer against her Cardinal opponent, which she won 12-10 in the 5th game, to the excitement of a large crowd. Co-captain Nicole Friedman, at the number one position, played an incredible match against one of the top 5 players in the nation, managing to get a game in her usual gracefully determined way.

Co-captain Nicole Friedman said, "I am so proud of the team for winning Little Threes and continuing the legacy for Williams for the 19th year in a row. There was a lot of pressure to beat these long time rivals and we executed extremely well. Looking forward to another great match tomorrow."

Assistant coach Blair Dils commented, "The team took care of business today in an efficient manner. Tomorrow, we're very excited to make amends for our loss at Nationals last year to UVA."

 

 

Williams College

Rating

Amherst College

Rating

Winner's Score

Winner

Status

1WS

Friedman, Nicole T.

4.72925

McAtee, Haley P.

4.21976

11-2,11-5,11-4

Williams College

C

2WS

Parsons, Hayley L.

4.6126

Krayacich, Kim

4.30637

11-6,11-2

Williams College

RE

3WS

Ward, Julia H.

4.64671

Ang, Rachael

4.216

11-4,11-3,12-10

Williams College

C

4WS

Baek, Esther

4.3767

Conway, Caroline

4.02751

11-4,11-5,11-8

Williams College

C

5WS

Willwerth, Sarah

4.24879

Sampat, Riddhi

4.19098

11-7,11-2,6-11,12-10

Williams College

C

6WS

LeBlanc, Abigail

4.30756

Chen, Madison K.

4.10447

7-11,6-11,12-10,11-6,11-7

Williams College

C

7WS

Swann, Melissa

4.32931

Correia, Katherine S

4.03865

11-7,11-6,11-6

Williams College

C

8WS

Hogan, Caroline M.

4.0104

Klein, Pierson L.

3.92485

11-2,8-11,11-8,11-7

Williams College

C

9WS

Nicholson, Anna

4.16837

Werner, Margaret C

3.9479

11-5,11-7,11-7

Williams College

C

10WS

Conza, Adrienne

4.20676

Sinha, Priya

3.94006

6-11,5-11,11-5,11-6,11-9

Williams College

C

               
  Wesleyan University Rating Williams College Rating Winner's Score Winner Status
1WS Samy, Laila O. 5.26416 Friedman, Nicole T. 4.73024 11-3,11-5,5-11,11-4 Wesleyan University C
2WS Prasad, Aditi 4.41408 Parsons, Hayley L. 4.63047 7-11,11-3,11-7,8-11,13-11 Williams College C
3WS vir, ananya 4.1181 Ward, Julia H. 4.66165 11-3,11-6,11-7 Williams College C
4WS Premutico, Nina M 3.57985 Baek, Esther 4.39481 11-6,11-2,11-5 Williams College C
5WS Leclair, Tatum C. 3.36081 Willwerth, Sarah 4.26632 11-3,11-3,11-6 Williams College C
6WS Imperiale, Alexandra G. 3.4001 LeBlanc, Abigail 4.30672 11-5,11-3,11-5 Williams College C
7WS Lampietti, Alessandra M. 3.2773 Swann, Melissa 4.354 9-11,11-3,11-4,11-2 Williams College C
8WS Melian-Morse, Sofia 3.24915 Hogan, Caroline M. 4.03544 11-1,11-4,11-5 Williams College C
9WS Morse, Ashley E Non-member Nicholson, Anna 4.1942 11-3,11-0,11-2 Williams College C
10WS Robin, Emma 2.45327 Conza, Adrienne 4.19073 11-2,11-0,11-1 Williams College C