Ephs Top Middlebury 8-1

Ephs Top Middlebury 8-1

Williamstown, MA – While campus may have been dead on this chilly Sunday, the Simon Squash Center was buzzing as the Williams Women Squash team took on their long-time rival Middlebury. 

Like yesterday, a three-court system was used today. Up first was Julia Ward (#1), Melissa Swann (#4), and Mira Kamat (#9). Ward played her game, controlled the T, and made her opponent run from corner to corner. This resulted in the first win for the Purple Cows today in three sets. On the middle court, Co-Captain Swann had a closer three games to win her match. Additionally, after being hit in the face and leaving court to get taped up, Swann was back on court with the resilience and determination that her team admires and was able to close out the match quickly. Meanwhile on the bottom court, Kamat managed to win the first game 13-11 after being up 9-5. She was able to find her rhythm in the second game but lost it in the third game. However, with the crowd on her side and the energy in the building, the freshman was able to deliver a 3-1 victory. 

Up next on court was Sarah Willwerth (#2), Anna Nicholson (#6), and Kathryn Wright (#8). All three women fought hard to earn their victories. On the top court, Willwerth had a strong start taking the first two games before her Panther opponent stole the third game. However, a strong and speedy Willwerth decided that it was time for the match to end and sealed the deal with the fourth game. On the middle court, Co-Captain Nicholson had a slow start losing the first game 6-11, but once she found her rhythm and momentum, she was able outsmart her opponent and win her match 3-1 and earning the 5th victory for Williams. Bottom court was electric today as Wright battled to win in four games. She managed to win the first two games 12-10, 11-8 before falling to her Panther opponent in the third game. However, Wright was too charged up to let this match slip through her fingers as she bounced back in the fourth game to clinch the match and hype up the crowd.

Last on court was Haley Jefferson (#3), Quan Ng (#5), and Abby LeBlanc (#7). Jefferson, being the star she is, produced an almost flawless straight set win against her fellow first-year Middlebury opponent. Similarly, on the middle court, fellow freshman stand-out Ng struggled a little in her first and second game, but eventually found her rhythm and the nicks and was able to win in straight sets, which was nice after her long match yesterday. The last match of the day was a thriller between LeBlanc and her Panther opponent. She was down 2-0, but LeBlanc–known for her grit and competitive spirit–was able to valiantly fight back and make the game score 2-2. However, her opponent was not backing down today and ultimately won the match for Middlebury 3-2. 

Coach Zafi Levy said: "I thought the women team played really well all weekend long. Our freshmen played at home for the first time and performed well. Our captains stepped up and helped the team to a very strong showing in both matches."

For now, our women's squash team will be recovering and training for next weekend where they will face three NESCAC teams in Maine.  








Julia Ward

Ideal Dowling

11-4, 11-6, 11-9



Sarah Willwerth

Virginia Schaus

11-6, 11-3, 5-11, 11-5



Haley Jefferson

Gwen Davis

11-6, 11-3, 11-2



Melissa Swann

Natalie Madden

11-8, 11-8, 11-7



Quan Ng

Emily Bienkampen

11-9, 11-8, 11-4



Anna Nicholson

Natasha Lowitt

6-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-9



Abby LeBlanc

Caroline Arena

9-11, 4-11, 13-11, 11-4, 6-11



Kathryn Wright

Anne Glassie

12-10, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6



Mira Kamat

Mira Chugh

13-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-7



Alex Pear

Hadley Barr

13-11, 11-6, 11-8