Eph Squash Claims 20th Straight Little Three Title in Resounding 9-0 Victories

Eph Squash Claims 20th Straight Little Three Title in Resounding 9-0 Victories

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - On an exciting Saturday in Williamstown, the Ephs took on their Little Three rivals, Wesleyan and Amherst.

For the Ephs, claiming the Little Three title was one they had become accustomed to, but that did not mean that this year was the year to grow complacent. Amherst, especially, was looking deeper than they had ever looked on the women's ladder, and a 9-0 victory did not seem like a possibility right off the bat. However, in the battle of attrition, the best warriors are the ones that are always willing to keep fighting, even if it may mean to their death. Luckily, this falling point was never met for the Ephs, and embracing the mentality of a true warrior, they each came on court with no other options in their head other than to secure a victory for their team. The Ephs didn't just want to win the Little Three, they wanted it to be a convincing victory and to send a message that Williams intended the Little Three title was here to stay. Both matches of the day certainly showed that when it comes to a squash showdown between Amherst, Wesleyan, and Williams, there is no question about who is the best. 

The Ephs played their first match of the day against Wesleyan and used a 5-court system. Senior captain Esther Baek (#2), sophomore Abby LeBlanc (#4), junior Anna Nicholson (#6), freshman Alex Pear (#8), and junior Eliza Bower (#10) led the charge for the Ephs in the first wave of play. All five players played very clean and smart squash, giving their Cardinal opponents no real openings. As a result, each Eph player beat their Cardinal opponent in a comfortable three games. Feeding off of this momentum, sophomore Julia Ward (#1), sophomore Sarah Willwerth (#3), junior Melissa Swann (#5), freshman Kathryn Wright (#7), and sophomore Adrienne Conza (#9) were on next for the Ephs. Every Eph player in the second wave of play continued to rise to the occassion and defeated their Cardinal opponents 3-0, leading to a brilliant 9-0 win for the Ephs. 

Mere hours later, the Ephs were back on their home courts to face off against their arch rivals: the Amherst Mammoths. This time using a 3-court system, sophomore Sarah Willwerth (#3), junior Anna Nicholson (#6), and sophomore Adrienne Conza (#9) got the ball rolling for the Ephs - and by ball rolling, I mean ball rolling into the Nick. All three players truly claimed the throne, which is what we at Eph squash like to call the 'T', and moved the ball around their opponent like no other. Before their Mammoth opponents knew it, they were fighting to stay alive in the match, and soon all would fall to their fate of 3-0 defeats.

With a triumphant wave of first round matches, senior captain Esther Baek (#2), junior Melissa Swann (#5), and freshman Alex Pear (#8) were eager to jump on court and show the Mammoths what Eph squash is all about. Once again, all three players honed in on their squash prowess and didn't let their Amherst opponents take so much as a single game from them. With another round of 3-0 victories on the board, there was nothing but Eph pride in the Simon Squash Center stands. Sophomore Julia Ward (#1), sophomore Abby LeBlanc (#4), and freshman Kathryn Wright (#7) came in strong and closed it out for the Ephs, making what the team once thought was impossible a reality (a 9-0 victory). Ward battled with her Mammoth opponent in four games, but her opponent ultimately couldn't hang, and was defeated in a convincing 11-3 victory in the fourth game. LeBlanc made very few errors and controlled her rallies well, leading to another 3-0 victory for the Ephs. Lastly, Wright pulled out a tight four gamer 11-9 in the fourth to clinch a second 9-0 victory of the day for the Ephs. With two decades of Little Three titles won, the Ephs will continue to fight to prove that Eph squash deserves another decade on top.

The Ephs take on Trinity College tomorrow (1/27) at 3pm in Hartford, CT. 

 

Vs. Wesleyan:

1WS Ward, Julia H. 4.52004 Prasad, Aditi  4.24929 11-5,11-9,11-0 Williams College C
2WS Baek, Esther  4.44626 Vir, Ananya  3.92203 12-10,11-6,11-2 Williams College C
3WS Willwerth, Sarah  4.30203 Russ, Josephine M. 3.71249 11-3,11-7,11-3 Williams College C
4WS LeBlanc, Abigail  4.27854 Premutico, Nina M 3.6408 11-3,11-4,11-2 Williams College C
5WS Swann, Melissa  4.23503 Feenstra, Natasha W. 3.68582 11-3,11-5,11-5 Williams College C
6WS Nicholson, Anna  4.09204 Lampietti, Alessandra M. 3.43827 11-2,11-4,11-5 Williams College C
7WS Wright, Kathryn A. 4.10175 Imperiale, Alexandra G. 3.38177 11-3,11-6,11-2 Williams College C
8WS Pear, Alexandra  3.8989 Melian-Morse, Sofia  3.3888 11-4,11-2,11-5 Williams College C
9WS Conza, Adrienne  4.12861 Roach, Annie  3.00161 11-2,11-2,11-3 Williams College C
10WS Bower, Elizabeth  3.92403 Smith, Emma  2.93999 11-9,11-1,11-5 Williams College C

 

Vs. Amherst:

1WS Ward, Julia H. 4.52004 Conway, Caroline  4.22033 11-7,9-11,11-5,11-3 Williams College C
2WS Baek, Esther  4.44626 Ang, Rachael  4.19153 11-4,11-6,11-7 Williams College C
3WS Willwerth, Sarah  4.30203 Soroko, Lilly L 4.3032 11-6,11-4,11-4 Williams College C
4WS LeBlanc, Abigail  4.27854 Sampat, Riddhi  4.0749 11-4,11-6,11-6 Williams College C
5WS Swann, Melissa  4.23503 Osborn, Keeley R. 4.04679 11-4,11-4,11-4 Williams College C
6WS Nicholson, Anna  4.09204 Klein, Pierson L. 3.9759 11-3,11-5,11-9 Williams College C
7WS Wright, Kathryn A. 4.10175 Sinha, Priya  4.10487 11-6,7-11,11-8,11-9 Williams College C
8WS Pear, Alexandra  3.8989 Werner, Margaret C 3.98736 11-7,11-9,11-7 Williams College C
9WS Conza, Adrienne  4.12861 Mawji, Ashira  3.87429 11-7,11-4,11-4 Williams College C
10WS Bower, Elizabeth  3.92403 Correia, Katherine S 3.98449 10-12,11-8,11-8,11-4 Amherst College C