Womens Squash

Cardinals Come Ever-So-Close to Ending Long Skid vs. Amherst but Lord Jeffs Pull out 5-4 Win

Coming closer to defeating Little Three rival Amherst during the Little Three matches Sat., Jan. 29 at Amherst as it has since last posting a win in 1981, Wesleyan suffered a 5-4 setback, the first in the history of the series.  Amherst had won 41 consecutive matches vs. Wesleyan coming into the day and never by less than a 6-3 margin.  Amherst entered the match ranked #12 nationally while Wesleyan held the #19 spot.

With inspirational 3-2 victories, #1 Mary Foster '14, #5 Danielle Craig '13 (photo) and #9 Meherazade Sumariwalla '12 gave Wesleyan promise of a team triumph.  At #4, Tanesha Jackson posted Wesleyan's most decisive win, taking a 3-1 match.  But the Lord Jeffs prevailed in the remaining five bouts, though four of the five Cardinals involved took a game from their Amherst rival. 

Wesleyan also faced #9 Williams and fell 9-0.  Diana Edwards '14, at #2, and Kar-Anne Tan, at #8, pushed their Eph adversaries to four games.

Ahead for the team is the annual NESCAC Championship.  Opening-day matches Fri., Feb. 4, will be held at Trinity.  After that, main draw matches will be held at Trinity Sat.-Sun., Feb. 5-6, while consolation matches will take place at Wesleyan.  The Cardinals are likely to be the seventh seed among the 11 squads, based on the latest national rankings.