Ephs Squash Colby Mules and Mount Holyoke Lyons

Ephs Squash Colby Mules and Mount Holyoke Lyons

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - On the final day of a long but triumphant weekend for the Ephs defeated Colby 9-0 and downed Mount Holyoke 8-1.

The Ephs used a 3-court system for both matches of the day. Starting off against the Colby Mules, the Ephs were excited to show their final Maine opponent of the weekend what this Williams team is all about. Williams didn't do a training trip over break for nothing!

Sophomore Sarah Willwerth (#3), junior Anna Nicholson (#6), and junior Eliza Bower (#9) led the charge for the Ephs in the first wave of play against Colby. All three rose to the challenge of playing their Colby opponents and were rewarded with three-game victories. Next on for the Ephs were senior captain Esther Baek (#2), junior Melissa Swann (#5), and freshman Alex Pear (#8). Once again, all three came out strong and toppled their opponents in three games. Feeding off of this momentum, sophomore Julia Ward (#1), sophomore Abby LeBlanc (#4), and freshman Kathryn Wright (#7) all delivered impressive 3-0 wins, resulting in a comfortable 9-0 finish for the Ephs.

The Ephs had little time to celebrate their victory over Colby however, because immediately after their match finished, they needed to start warming up again in order to face the Mount Holyoke Lyons. Willwerth, Nicholson, and Bower led the charge for the Ephs once again, and just like earlier match, they were consistent in putting up a trio of three-game victories on the board. Next on were Baek, Swann, and Pear, who each delivered strong three-game wins. Excited to feed off of this positive energy, Ward, LeBlanc, and Wright came out fired up and ready to go. Ward fought hard and gave her Lyons opponent good runs, but her opponent ultimately bested her in three games. LeBlanc and Wright both defeated their opponents in three games, resulting in a final match score of 8-1 in favor of the Ephs.

Assistant coach Tom Hodgson had this to say after the match: "This was a long and tough weekend, and I'm very impressed by the mental toughness I saw on court today. I saw everybody working on shots that they had never tried before in a match, and it is clear that our quality of squash is improving. We're looking very strong for our matches next weekend and I can't wait to see more weekends of improvement in the future. The results this weekend were very impressive and well earned."

Next weekend, the Ephs take on F&M in Lancaster, PA on January 18, the University of Virginia in Annapolis, MD on January 19th, and George Washington University in Washington, DC on January 20th. 

Vs. Colby:

1WS Ward, Julia H. 4.5061 Ku, Sydney  3.88747 11-1,11-6,11-4 Williams College C
2WS Baek, Esther  4.47148 Song, Julianna K. 3.77329 11-4,11-5,11-2 Williams College C
3WS Willwerth, Sarah  4.26181 Wain, Lily C. 3.82635 11-2,11-2,11-1 Williams College C
4WS LeBlanc, Abigail  4.25095 Latimore, Madeline  3.45196 11-0,11-6,11-6 Williams College C
5WS Swann, Melissa  4.26831 Silverman, Olivia  3.68863 11-0,12-10,11-3 Williams College C
6WS Nicholson, Anna  4.09228 Teope, Sabrina  Lapsed-member 11-7,11-4,11-4 Williams College C
7WS Wright, Kathryn A. 4.07436 Keane, Stephanie  3.37695 11-4,11-5,11-5 Williams College C
8WS Pear, Alexandra  3.88161 Carlson, D'Arcy  2.91533 11-3,11-3,11-1 Williams College C
9WS Bower, Elizabeth  3.9254 He, Kathleen  Non-member 11-4,11-2,11-3 Williams College C
10WS Bower, Elizabeth  3.9254 Rabins, Sabrina  2.44511 11-1,11-4,11-4 Williams College C

 

Vs. Mount Holyoke:

1WS Ward, Julia H. 4.5061 Kalahe Arachchige, Mihiliya  Non-member 11-5,11-5,11-7 Mount Holyoke College C
2WS Baek, Esther  4.47148 Ghose, Ragini  3.90568 11-9,11-7,11-2 Williams College C
3WS Willwerth, Sarah  4.26181 Watts-Roy, Maeve C. 3.77291 11-2,11-3,11-0 Williams College C
4WS LeBlanc, Abigail  4.25095 Portillo, Lessly  3.37153 11-6,11-3,11-3 Williams College C
5WS Swann, Melissa  4.26831 Mbah, Jennifer  3.3505 11-5,11-2,11-5 Williams College C
6WS Nicholson, Anna  4.09228 Sachidanand, Tanishka  2.98468 11-2,11-4,11-4 Williams College C
7WS Wright, Kathryn A. 4.07436 Robson, Emma  3.05698 11-4,11-4,11-0 Williams College C
8WS Pear, Alexandra  3.88161 Lara Granados, Genesis  Lapsed-member 11-5,11-4,11-4 Williams College C
9WS Bower, Elizabeth  3.9254 Lara Granados, Nicole  Lapsed-member 11-4,11-4,11-0 Williams College C