HADLEY, Mass. – Zafi Levy's Williams College women's squash team (14-6) is seeded second in the NESCAC Squash Championship this coming weekend hosted by Wesleyan University.
Trinity, which has won all 13 NESCAC Women's Squash titles, is the top seed for the 2020 NESCAC Championship, marking for the 14th consecutive year the Bantams are the No. 1 seed.
The Ephs currently sport a 9-0 record versus NESCAC teams and only three of their nine NESCAC opponents have taken a game off of them this winter. Middlebury, Bates and Amherst were all defeated 8-1.
Levy's Ephs are11-2 in their last 13 contests and they recently won their 21st consecutive Little Three title downing both Wesleyan and Amherst in Amherst.
"We expect a tough competition this weekend and we hope to make it to the championship match on Sunday afternoon," said Levy. "Our team this year has impressed me with its depth and quality. Our freshman class is outstanding with three playing in the top nine. Our seniors and juniors have done a great job in managing the team and building a positive team culture. We look forward to the challenges this weekend and at Nationals in two weeks, as we strive to improve on our national ranking from last season".
The NESCAC Women's Squash Championship gets underway with first-round matches on Friday, February 7 at 5 p.m. The championship match is scheduled for 12 p.m. on Sunday, February 9. The 2020 championship marks the second straight year the men's and women's squash championships have been split into two weekends at two different sites.
The top seeded Trinity Bantams boast an 11-2 record and neither of their losses were to a NESCAC team. Trinity will face the winner of the first-round match between No. 8 Bowdoin (7-7) and No. 9 Hamilton (7-8) The Bantams own a 2-0 mark against both Bowdoin and Hamilton in NESCAC Championship action. Trinity last faced the Polar Bears in the 2011 quarterfinals, winning 9-0, while the Bantams earned a 7-2 win over the Continentals in the 2018 quarterfinals.
Bowdoin and Hamilton are facing each other for the seventh time in the NESCAC Championship series that is knotted, 3-3. The Polar Bears, who are the No. 8 seed for the first time since 2011, earned an 8-1 victory over the Continentals in the first round of the 2017 tournament. Bowdoin also picked up a 5-4 win over Hamilton in the second match of the 2019-20 season on November 23. Hamilton is the No. 9 seed for the first time in program history. The Continentals have reached the quarterfinal round 12 times in the last 13 years, while a first-round victory would propel Bowdoin into the quarterfinals for the first time since 2017.
Williams, the 2019 NESCAC Runner-Up, is the No. 2 seed for the sixth year in a row. The Ephs have earned a bye into the quarterfinal round every year since 2007. The Ephs have reached the finals 10 times in 13 years, including the last five championships. Williams will take on the winner of the first-round match between No. 7 Wesleyan Cardinals (10-6) and No. 10 Connecticut College Camels(9-9). Williams is 3-0 versus the Cardinals in NESCAC Championship play and has never faced the Camels in the NESCAC Championship. The Ephs posted an 8-1 quarterfinal win over Wesleyan in the 2018 tournament and defeated the Cardinals, 9-0, on February 2. Williams earned a 9-0 win over Connecticut College on November 24 during the opening weekend of the 2019-20 season.
Links to live results for all matches will be available via the NESCAC Scoreboard at NESCAC.com.