By Ben Shapiro
CLINTON, N.Y. - The Wesleyan University women's squash team began play at the 2018 NESCAC Championships hosted by Hamilton College with a 9-0 win over Connecticut College on Friday, advancing to the main draw. It was the third time this season that the two teams have played, and the third time Wesleyan prevailed 9-0. The seventh-seeded Cardinals were without freshman Aditi Prasad, but the rest of the roster stepped up nicely to beat the 10th-seeded Camels, despite some very close matches.
- Senior Laila Samy won her first game at No. 1 11-1, and from there on out she was perfect, winning the next two games 11-0 to continue her unbeaten season.
- Sophomore Josie Russ moved up to No. 3 in Prasad's absence, and though dropped the first two games, she stormed back in impressive fashion to win 5-11, 13-15, 11-6, 11-6, 11-2.
- Fellow sophomore Sofia Melian-Morse was also pushed to five games at No. 9, and she too came up big down the stretch, taking her match 5-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7.
- Wesleyan will have two matches tomorrow, with their first being a Main Draw Quarterfinal against second-seeded Williams at 12:30 p.m. at Hamilton College. The two teams faced off last weekend in Middletown, with the No. 13 Ephs winning 8-1. In their second match, Wesleyan will take on either Middlebury or Bates at 6:30 p.m., with their opponent depending on the results from earlier in the day.