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Women’s Squash Prepares for 2016 NESCAC Championship

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

NESCAC PREVIEW l CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The 23rd-ranked Wesleyan University women's squash team has earned the No. 9 seed in the three-day 2016 NESCAC Women's Squash Championship hosted by Trinity College, and is scheduled to face No. 8 Colby College Friday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

The Cardinals enter this weekend's conference championship with an overall dual-match record of 4-9, and are 1-6 against NESCAC competition. Trinity's George A. Kellner Squash Center will serve as the host for all of this year's championship bracket matches, while Wesleyan's Rosenbaum Squash Center will host select consolation matches on Saturday.

In the nine-year history of the tournament, the Cardinals are 12-20 overall as they look to reach their sixth quarterfinal round in seven years. They will face 20th-ranked Colby, who enters this weekend's tournament with an 8-8 overall record. Both squads met earlier this season, with the Mules claiming a 7-2 win on Jan. 15th.

Wesleyan is led by sophomore sensation Laila Samy, who ranks second in the conference and seventh in the country with a perfect 8-0 record from the No. 1 position. Freshman Ali Imperiale has made an immediate impact for the Cardinals in her first season with the program and is 5-3 overall in dual-matches, playing from the No. 6 position. Wesleyan's other top performers on the year have been Liza Bayless '16, Bridget Doherty '16, Tatum Leclair '18 and Ale Lampietti '19 with three wins each.