NESCAC Women's Squash Championship Preview

Trinity will host the 2019 NESCAC Championship, Feb. 8-10
Trinity will host the 2019 NESCAC Championship, Feb. 8-10

HADLEY, Mass. – Trinity, which has won all 12 NESCAC Women’s Squash titles, is the top seed for the 2019 NESCAC Women’s Squash Championship for the 13th straight year and will host the tournament for the ninth time. Matches at the Kellner Squash Center begin on Friday, February 8 at 6 p.m. and the championship match is set for 12 p.m. on Sunday, February 10. For the first time since 2007, the men’s and women’s squash championships have been split into two weekends at two different sites.

2019 SCHEDULE
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The Bantams enter the 2019 championship as the top seed and boast a 12-2 record. Trinity will face the winner of the first-round match between No. 8 Wesleyan and No. 9 Colby. The Bantams are 3-0 versus Wesleyan in NESCAC Championship action, including the last meeting between the two teams in the 2014 quarterfinals. Trinity is also 4-0 against Colby in the tournament and last played the Mules in the 2017 quarterfinals.

Wesleyan, which finished seventh at last year’s NESCAC Championship, is the No. 8 seed for the second time in three years. The Cardinals enter the tournament with a 5-8 record and are 3-5 against Colby in the NESCAC Championship. The two teams last met in the 2017 tournament, with the Mules earning a 7-2 victory over Wesleyan in a first-round match. Wesleyan and Colby did not face each other during the regular season. Colby is the No. 9 seed for the third consecutive season. The Mules, who placed ninth in last year’s tournament, stand at 3-11 under first-year head coach Chris Abplanalp.

Williams, the 2018 NESCAC Runner-Up, owns a record of 12-9 this season and is the No. 2 seed for the fifth year in a row. A nine-time NESCAC Runner-Up, the Ephs will take on the winner of the first-round match between No. 7 Hamilton and No. 10 Connecticut College. Williams is 1-0 versus Hamilton in the NESCAC Championship, having earned a win in a 2007 quarterfinal match. The Ephs and Camels have never met in tournament action. During the regular season, Williams defeated the Camels and Continentals in back-to-back matches on November 18 by identical 7-2 scores.

Hamilton is the No. 7 seed for the first time since 2007, the first year of the NESCAC Championship, and enters the tournament with an 8-4 mark. The Continentals head to Hartford having won five of their last six matches. Hamilton defeated Connecticut College, 9-0, in the season opener on November 17 and is 7-0 against the Camels in the NESCAC Championship. The last tournament match between the two teams took place in the 2017 consolation round robin with Hamilton posting a 7-2 win. Connecticut College, the No. 10 seed for the second straight year, enters the tournament with a 3-8 record and is coming off back-to-back wins over Bowdoin and Northeastern.

Middlebury opens the championship with a 10-3 record as the No. 3 seed for the fifth consecutive year. The Panthers finished third last season and will face the winner of the first-round match between No. 6 Bates and No. 11 Bowdoin. The Panthers boast a 4-2 record versus the Bobcats in the tournament, which includes a 5-4 victory in the 2018 quarterfinals. The Panthers are 1-2 against Bowdoin in the NESCAC Championship, and last faced the Polar Bears in the 2013 quarterfinals, coming away with a 9-0 victory. This season, Middlebury defeated Bowdoin, 8-0, and Bates, 7-2, on January 12 and 13, respectively

Bates (8-6) is the No. 6 seed for the second straight season. The Bobcats have won five of their last six contests, including three straight. The Polar Bears are 0-11 and the No. 11 seed for the second year in a row. The Bobcats handed Bowdoin a 9-0 loss in the season-opener on November 28 and earned a first-round match victory last year to improve to 5-0 against the Polar Bears in NESCAC Championship action.

No. 4 Amherst and No. 5 Tufts round out the tournament field and will meet in a quarterfinal match. Amherst (7-6) is the No. 4 seed for the second consecutive year and earned a 6-3 win over the Jumbos on January 10. Tufts (8-5) is the No. 5 seed for the second straight season and finished sixth last year. The Jumbos enter the tournament having won five of their last six matches. Amherst is 5-0 against Tufts in the NESCAC Championship, most recently earning a 7-2 victory in the 2018 quarterfinals.

Results for the NESCAC Women’s Squash Championship will be available at the end of each day at NESCAC.com. Follow the NESCAC on Twitter (@NESCAC) and Instagram (@nescacathletics) for up-to-date scores and results throughout the tournament.