February 5, 2013

Women's Squash Team Advances to Quarterfinals of NESCAC Tournament

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Bowdoin women's squash team won its first-round match before dropping in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Tournament last weekend at Trinity College.

The Polar Bears (8-13) dispatched Tufts for the second time in a week, 9-0, on Friday before falling 9-0 to Middlebury in the quarterfinal round. Bowdoin then dropped a pair of matches in the consolation bracket to Wesleyan, 5-4, and Hamilton, 6-3.

Bowdoin lost just one set en route to their sweep of the Jumbos. The Polar Bears dominated from top-to-bottom with Rachel Barnes, Alden Drake, Michaela Martin, Monica Wlodarczyk, Sara Wlodarczyk, Bonnie Cao, Christiana Whitcomb, Emily Simonton and Gretchen Williams all earning points.

After being blanked by Middlebury, Bowdoin couldn't quite tip Wesleyan in their first consolation match. The Cardinals gained a measure of revenge for an early-season loss to the Polar Bears with a 5-4 triumph. Barnes at #2, Martin #4, as well as Monica (#5) and Sara Wlodarczyk (#6) accounted for the Polar Bear points.

Against Amherst, the Wlodarczyk sisters again came through with victories for the Polar Bears in a 6-3 loss. Martin earned the other Bowdoin point with a win at #4.

A handful of Polar Bears will return to action this weekend as Bowdoin will host the inaugural Division III Squash Individual Championship at the Lubin Center. Play will open on Friday morning and continue through Sunday.