By Ben Shapiro
MIDDLETOWN, Conn.— The 20th-ranked Wesleyan University women's squash team was successful at both the top and bottom of the lineup on Wednesday night against No. 29 Bates College, but the Cardinals were unable to earn any points elsewhere in a 7-2 loss at the Rosenbaum Squash Center.
Senior Laila Samy kept her unbeaten season going with a quick win at No. 1, making short work of Luca Polgar 11-1, 11-6, 11-4. At No. 9, junior Ale Lampietti stepped in and pulled out an excellent win, cruising past Cata Robert 11-4, 11-5, 11-6.
Junior Ali Imperiale played the longest match of the day at No. 8, falling in the only match that went five games 11-7, 12-10, 7-11, 4-11, 11-8.
With the loss, Wesleyan drops to 5-3 this season, while Bates improves to 3-5.
- As part of the Pioneer Valley Invitational, the Cardinals will travel to Amherst, Mass. for two matches on Friday, first taking on No. 30 Haverford at 12:00 p.m. and then No. 17 Dickinson at 5:30 p.m. They'll then return back to Middletown for a 3:00 p.m. match on Saturday against No. 26 Bowdoin, before heading back up to Amherst on Sunday for two more matches, both against teams they've already faced in No. 4 Stanford and No. 24 Connecticut College. Wesleyan defeated the Camels 9-0 on December 8th and lost 8-1 to Stanford on January 9th in California.