Squash Set for Nationals
The Colby women's squash team hosted its final home games of the year last weekend with a convincing 7-2 win over Bowdoin. The Lady Mules are ranked 16th nationally and easily handled the 23rd-ranked Polar Beers. Molly Parsons '13, Caroline Reaves '10, and Jessica Kravetz '10 each won their matches 3-0 over their opponents. Kate Pistel '13, Maddie Dufour '10, Kaeley Shepard '10 and Alison Crevi '11 also took home wins for the home team. The weekend before the Bowdoin match, the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championships were hosted by Trinity College in beautiful Hartford Connecticut. The women entered the tournament with the seventh seed and won their first-round match against tenth-seeded Tufts 7-2. All the games except Shepard's for Colby lasted three games, with Shepard winning in four. Colby then dropped its next two matches to Williams College and Hamilton College before winning their consolation match versus Wesleyan University. The women have next weekend off, then head to Yale for team nationals.
The men traveled to Brunswick this past Tuesday and suffered a tough loss to Bowdoin 8-1. Harry Smith '12 won the only match for the Mules in first position. In second position, first-year Will Sullivan won two games and nearly pulled out the victory in the deciding fifth game. Alex Fulton '11 was the only other Mule to win a game.
In the NESCAC tournament, the Mules entered with the eighth seed. They dropped their first round game to Hamilton 5-4, but came back strong in the consolation bracket, beating both Wesleyan and Connecticut College. Smith, Fulton and Nat Cooper '12 were undefeated for the Mules in the tournament. The men's team will also travel to Yale next weekend for team nationals.
Since winter break, the Lady Mules have played 19 teams, winning against 10 of them. This brings their record to 14-9 overall. Senior Captain Samantha Smith has played well against every other team's top players all year and has been a barometer of her team's success as she also has a 14-9 record. Smith is followed tightly by alliterative first-year standouts Parsons and Pistel. Dufour has been swinging her racket well all year, leading the team with a 19-3 record playing in the third and fourth positions with Parsons. On the men's side, the mules have gone 8-13 since winning their first two games before winter break. Harry Smith finished off the regular season with an impressive 17-6 mark from the first position. Fulton, Cooper and Daniel Lesser '11 ended with 12-9, 13-10, and 13-9 records from the third, fourth and fifth positions, respectively.