SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – The No. 17 Tufts women's squash team closed out a busy weekend by picking up two more wins on Saturday. The Jumbos topped No. 24 William Smith and No. 25 Mount Holyoke, both by 8-1 scores.
|Zarena Jafry won twice for the Jumbos on Saturday.|
With the wins the Jumbos are now 8-4 overall this season. William Smith is now 4-7 with the setback and Mount Holyoke falls to 13-6 with the loss.
The Jumbos started the day with the win over William Smith. All of the Jumbos wins against the Herons came in three games. Sophomore Julie Yeung took on Madison Bradley in the second position and picked up an 11-7, 11-2, 11-6 win. In the third position freshman Megan Chen earned a three-game win over Michaelann Denton (11-4, 11-5, 11-1). Senior Zarena Jafry faced off with Molly Wachter in the fourth position and secured an 11-2, 11-4, 11-3 win.
Junior Catherine Shanahan allowed Hattye Hytla to score just four points across three games in her win in the fifth position. Sophomore Rachel Windreich was also dominant in the sixth position, allowing Lilly Molinari to score just six points across three games, 11-1, 11-2, 11-3. Freshman Diya Sanghi played Gretchen Vietor in the seventh position and won, 11-3, 11-2, 11-3. Senior Sahana Karthik picked up a three-game win over Maddie Saiontz in the eighth position, 11-5, 11-3, 11-4. Rounding out the Jumbos lineup was senior Hannah Burns in the ninth position, and she won over Saige Areseneault, 11-3, 11-0, 11-2.
Junior captain Claire Davidson took on Gabby Fraser in the first position. Fraser won the first game, 11-8, but Davidson answered with a win in the second game, 11-9. The third game went extra points and Fraser picked up the 13-11 win. Davidson evened it with an 11-8 win in the fourth game. Fraser collected the win for the Herons with an 11-8 win in the fifth game.
In their second contest of the day the Jumbos picked up an 8-1 win over Mount Holyoke. The Jumbos picked up seven of their eight wins in just three games. Yeung faced off with Ragini Ghose in the first position and won 11-2, 11-3, 11-2. In the third position Chen took on Maeve Watts-Roy and won in three games, 11-7, 11-7, 11-5. Jafry picked up a three-game win over Lessly Portillo, 11-5, 11-7, 11-2.
Shanahan allowed Jennifer Mbah to score just eight points across three games in the fifth position (11-2, 11-4, 11-2). In the sixth position Windreich won over Kuzivakwashe Madungwe, 11-1, 11-2, 11-4. Sanghi played a close three games in the seventh position with Tanishka Sachidanand, but won all three, 11-8, 11-5, 11-9. Sophomore Chloe Kantor picked up her first win of the gay with a three-game win over Emma Robson in the eight position, 11-2, 11-6, 11-2. Senior captain Chista Irani won a four-game battle in the ninth position, winning over Genesis Lara Granados, 11-7, 8-11, 11-2, 11-2.
Davidson rounded out the Jumbos lineup in the first position, but fell to Mihiliya Kalache Arachchige, 12-10, 11-4, 11-1.
The Jumbos now have a small break until they head to Trinity for the NESCAC Tournament February 8-10. William Smith takes on Bard on Saturday at 3 pm. Mount Holyoke plays again on Wednesday, February 6 when they take on Amherst at 6 pm.