Courtesy of Hamilton Sports Information
CLINTON, N.Y. - Trinity and Williams will meet again on Sunday afternoon with the NESCAC Women's Squash Championship title on the line at Hamilton College's Little Squash Center.
Top-seeded Trinity (12-2 overall) and No. 2 seed Williams (13-9) will play in the final at 3 p.m. The Bantams defeated the Ephs 9-0 in the 2017 NESCAC Championship final and claimed their 11th straight title. Trinity is the only team that has won the title since the championship's inception in 2007. Williams is a nine-time runner-up in this event. The Bantams posted a 7-2 win against No. 8 seed Hamilton in the quarterfinals and got by No. 4 seed Amherst by the same score. The Ephs improved to 12-0 in the quarterfinals by breezing to an 8-1 victory against No. 7 seed Wesleyan. Williams then knocked off No. 3 seed Middlebury 6-3 in the semifinals.
Middlebury (9-6) will take on Amherst (10-5) in the third-place match at 1 p.m. The Panthers edged No. 6 seed Bates 5-4 in the quarterfinals. Middlebury is the third seed for the fourth year in a row. The Mammoths had a much easier time in their quarterfinal as they recorded a 7-2 triumph against No. 5 seed Tufts. The Panthers lost in the third-place match last year.
Tufts (12-5) and Bates (9-7) are in the fifth-place match at 11 a.m. thanks to wins in the consolation semifinal round. The Jumbos cruised to an 8-1 victory against Hamilton and the Bobcats registered a 7-2 win against Wesleyan. Bates was runner-up in 2014 and placed third last year. Tufts' No. 5 seed is its best since 2007 -- the first year the Championship was held.
Hamilton (7-8) and Wesleyan (9-11) play for seventh place at 11 a.m. The Cardinals' No. 7 seed is their best in Championship history. Wesleyan defeated the Continentals 7-2 in Middletown, Conn., on Jan. 14.
No. 9 seed Colby (9-10) finished in ninth place by recording a 7-2 win against Connecticut College and edging Bowdoin 5-4 in matches played at Colgate University. The Polar Bears notched a 7-2 victory against the Camels and finished 10th. While Connecticut College placed 11th.