HARTFORD, Conn. - No. 1 Trinity and No. 2 Williams will square off for the 2019 NESCAC Women's Squash Championship title at Trinity College's Kellner Squash Center on Sunday at 12 p.m.
For the fifth year in a row, the top four seeds advanced through to the semifinals of the NESCAC Women's Squash Championship. The top-seeded Bantams swept No. 8 Wesleyan in the quarterfinals, 9-0, while No. 3 Middlebury earned a 5-4 victory over No. 6 Bates to advance to the semifinals for the 11th consecutive season. No. 4 Amherst posted a 6-3 victory over No. 5 Tufts to move into the semifinal round for the second year in a row.
In the semifinal round, the Bantams defeated Amherst, 8-1, to improve to 5-0 against the Mammoths in NESCAC Championship matches. Ashira Mawji earned the lone Amherst point with a win at the No. 9 position. Middlebury and Williams met in the semifinals for the fifth year in a row. The Ephs earned wins at 1 through 6 on the ladder to take a 6-3 victory over the Panthers.
In the round-robin consolation matches, No. 9 Colby finished in ninth place behind wins over No. 10 Connecticut College, 5-4, and No. 11 Bowdoin, 8-1. Connecticut College finished in 10th place after an 8-1 victory over Bowdoin.
After falling to Amherst in the quarterfinal round, No. 5 Tufts bounced back with a 9-0 victory over No. 8 Wesleyan and in the final consolation match of the day, No. 6 Bates eased to a 9-0 victory over No. 7 Hamilton.
On Sunday, Hamilton and Wesleyan will play in the seventh-place match, while Bates and Tufts meet to determine the fifth-place finisher. Both matches are set to begin at 9:30 a.m. Hamilton is 3-2 all-time against the Cardinals in the tournament all-time. Bates is 4-0 against Tufts in the NESCAC Championship but dropped a 6-3 decision to the Jumbos on January 25.
Trinity and Williams will meet in the championship match for the fifth year in a row, while Amherst will meet Middlebury in the third-place match. Both matches are scheduled to start at 12 p.m. Trinity is 9-0 against the Ephs in the tournament and defeated the Ephs, 9-0, on January 27. Middlebury is in the third-place match for the eighth year in a row and owns a 4-1 record against the Mammoths in NESCAC Championship. The two teams met on January 11, with the Panthers posting a 7-2 victory.
Saturday, February 9
Match 4: No. 4 Amherst def. No. 5 Tufts, 6-3 - Results
Match 5: No. 1 Trinity def. No. 8 Wesleyan, 9-0 - Results
Match 6: No. 3 Middlebury def. No. 6 Bates, 5-4 - Results
Match 7: No. 2 Williams def. No. 7 Hamilton, 9-0 - Results
Match 8: No.1 Trinity def. No. 4 Amherst, 8-1 - Results
Match 9: No. 2 Williams def. No. 3 Middlebury, 6-3 - Results
Match A: No. 10 Connecticut College def. No. 11 Bowdoin, 8-1 - Results
Match B: No. 9 Colby def. No. 11 Bowdoin, 8-1 - Results
Match C: No. 9 Colby def. No. 10 Connecticut College, 5-4 - Results
Match D: No. 5 Tufts def. No. 8 Wesleyan, 9-0 - Results
Match E: No. 6 Bates def. No. 7 Hamilton, 9-0 - Results
Sunday, February 10
Match F: No. 8 Wesleyan vs. No. 7 Hamilton - 9:30 a.m.
Match G: No. 6 Bates vs. No. 5 Tufts - 9:30 a.m.
Third Place Match
Match 10: No. 4 Amherst vs. No. 3 Middlebury - 12 p.m.
Match 11: No. 2 Williams vs. No. 1 Trinity - 12 p.m.