By Ben Shapiro
CLINTON, N.Y. – The Wesleyan University women's squash team dropped a pair of matches on Day 2 of the NESCAC Championships at Hamilton College, first falling 8-1 to Little Three rival Williams before going down to Bates 7-2 later in the day. Despite the setbacks, there were some impressive individual performances from the Cardinals throughout the day against the No. 13 Ephs and No. 19 Bobcats.
DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS:
- As she has done all season, senior Laila Samy won her matches comfortably at No. 1. Against both Williams and Bates, Samy was victorious in three games, first winning 11-6, 11-5, 11-9 over Williams and then 11-5, 11-5, 11-4 to top Bates and extend her unbeaten season.
- Despite missing three starters due to injury and illness in their second match against Bates, the Cardinals still hung tough. Sophomore Sofia Melian-Morse stepped into the lineup at No. 8 and played excellent squash to win 11-9, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9.
- Junior Sarah Clothier jumped up from No. 9 against Williams all the way to No. 6 against Bates, and despite the lineup change, she pushed her opponent to the limit, narrowly losing 11-9, 7-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7.
- Wesleyan will wrap up its NESCAC Championships tomorrow at 11 a.m. in the seventh-place match, where it will face hosts Hamilton. It will be the second time the two have met this season, with No. 21 Wesleyan beating No. 22 Hamilton 7-2 on January 14th.