Ephs Take on Individual Nationals

Quan Ng '23
Quan Ng '23

Philadelphia, PA – This weekend, four of the top eph women's players went to Philadelphia for the Individual National Championships. They were each in different draws, which gave them all an opportunity to fight for a Holleran Cup and Second Team All America recognition. 

In the Holleran North draw, Junior Sarah Willwerth had a tough first round losing to a Princeton opponent 3-0. However, she was then moved to the consolation bracket where she overcame a Connecticut College players to win her first match of the weekend. She then received a default from her next opponent, which pushed her to the finals. Willwerth was on top of her game as she beat the Wesleyan #1 to win the consolation finals of the Holleran North Cup.

Freshman stand-out Haley Jefferson played some incredible squash outing her fellow countryman from UVA 3-1 in the first round of the Holleran South draw. She won the first two games by a close margin, dropped the third 14-12, but came back to win the fourth 11-7 and emerged victorious from the match. Her next round opponent proved to be a little harder as she took on Harvard's Eleanor Evans. Jefferson played strong squash, kept her at the back, but the Crimson foe was too strong as she won 11-9, 11-7, 11-5. 

The other first-year star Quan Ng had a dream run in the Holleran East draw. She encountered a hard first-round opponent, ultimately losing the match, but not before stealing a game off her Princeton opponent proving that she's not going down without a fight. Knocked down to the consolation bracket, Ng found herself locked into a five-game battle against the Amherst #1 before clinching the fifth game 11-9 and moving into the second round. Her next match also resulted in a five-game battle against her Stanford opponent, but unfortunately Ng fell short 11-8 in the fifth. 

Junior Julia Ward had a strong showing in the first round of the Holleran West draw as she beat her Columbia opponent in straight games: 11-9, 11-2, 11-4. Her next round proved to be more of a challenge as she took on the George Washington #2. After dropping the first game 11-9, Ward fought valiantly to win the second game 13-11. However, she was not able to keep the momentum going and eventually fell short to her GW opponent 3-1.