WASHINGTON, DC - On day 3 of a long weekend for the Ephs, they made their final stop in DC in order to face off against GW.
This match was a big one for the Ephs. On paper, George Washington's ladder was very even with that of the Ephs' squash ability wise, and the Ephs knew they would need to bring their A game in order to edge out their tough opponents. In addition, GW had defeated Middlebury earlier in the season, a formidable opponent who the Ephs had previously lost to. Standing 2 spots ahead of the Ephs in the college squash rankings and playing this big match at home, the stage was set for George Washington to have a triumphant afternoon. However, the Ephs weren't ready to give up the match that easily, and deep down, they knew that they had superior squash skills and fitness than their DC opponents. When the match started, the Ephs came out guns blazing and left their GW opponents in the dust.
Using a three court system, sophomore Sarah Willwerth (#3), junior Anna Nicholson (#6), and sophomore Adrienne Conza (#9) led the charge for the Ephs in the first wave of play. Willwerth held nothing back from her George Washington opponent and quickly asserted her dominance on the 'T', leading to comfortable 3 game victory. Trailing 0-2 in games, Nicholson waged a furious comeback to level the score at 2-2. With all of DC watching, Nicholson finished it out 11-8 in the fifth. Conza used her beautfiul technique and speedy feet to beat her opponent in three. In an awesome turn of events, the Ephs came out stronger than even they had expected, and were leading the match 3-0 after the first round. Feeding off of this momentum, senior captain Esther Baek (#2), junior Melissa Swann (#5), and freshman Alex Pear (#8) were on next for the Ephs. Baek unfortunately could not continue the Ephs' winning streak, and was met by a very skilled opponent. Despite giving her opponent good runs, Baek was eventually defeated 11-8 in the third. Swann played a tight back and forth match with her opponent, edging her out in the second game 11-8. After 4 hard fought games, she was eventually bested in a tight 12-10 final game. Pear put another wing on the board for the Ephs, defeating her opponent 11-3 in the fourth. After the second round of matches, the match score was 4-2 Williams, with the Ephs only needing to put one more win on the board. In an exciting final round of matches, the Ephs rose to the occasion. Sophomore Julia Ward (#1), sophomore Abby LeBlanc (#4), and freshman Kathryn Wright (#7) finished it out for the Ephs. Ward fought hard but was met by an extremely tough opponent and was defeated in three games. After Ward lost, it was up to either LeBlanc or Wright to close it out for the Ephs. LeBlanc battled it out with her GW opponent in a back and forth 5 games, but in jaw droppingly tight fifth game, Leblanc edged out her opponent 11-9 and secured the victory for the Ephs. Now that the underdogs had officially become top dogs, Wright went on court to show GW that the Ephs could not only win, but they could win this match even more convincingly. In three games of brilliant squash, Wright came back from behind and defeated her opponent 14-12 in the third to make the final score 6-3 to the Ephs. It was a truly exciting day to be an Eph!
Head coach Zafi Levy had this to say after the match: "That was an excellent performance for our team, probably the best we've played all season. We had some strong performances throughout the lineup and I'm very pleased with the result. I look forward to seeing us continue this momentum throughout the rest of our season."
The Ephs play rivals Amherst and Wesleyan in the Little Three match up in Williamstown, MA on Saturday January 26th.
|WS||Foo Yuk Han, Zoe||4.98883||Ward, Julia H.||4.51402||11-8,11-5,11-2||George Washington University||C|
|2WS||Elmandouh, Engy M.||4.6504||Baek, Esther||4.49218||11-2,11-4,11-8||George Washington University||C|
|3WS||Tryon, Emma||4.2709||Willwerth, Sarah||4.27472||11-8,12-10,11-6||Williams College||C|
|4WS||Nazir, Zuha||4.25784||LeBlanc, Abigail||4.28087||11-7,5-11,3-11,11-3,11-9||Williams College||C|
|5WS||Vedikammeyamai, Arunachlam||4.35162||Swann, Melissa||4.26907||11-6,8-11,11-9,12-10||George Washington University||C|
|6WS||Feldman, Brooke E||3.97293||Nicholson, Anna||4.1001||5-11,8-11,11-7,11-6,11-8||Williams College||C|
|7WS||Hunt, Haley M||3.90682||Wright, Kathryn A.||4.08835||11-3,11-7,14-12||Williams College||C|
|8WS||Eberstadt-Beattie, Zoe||3.76774||Pear, Alexandra||3.8825||8-11,11-6,11-5,11-3||Williams College||C|
|9WS||Lakhotia, Aarushi||3.97086||Conza, Adrienne||4.10768||11-9,11-4,11-5||Williams College||C|
|10WS||Moscovici, Anna||3.55029||Bower, Elizabeth||3.92205||11-8,11-7,11-8||Williams College||C|