CLINTON, N.Y. - The Bowdoin College women's squash team earned a seventh-place finish at the 2014 NESCAC Tournament after defeating Wesleyan 7-2 in its final match of the weekend on Sunday.
The Polar Bears (8-12) advanced to the quarterfinals on Saturday, where they lost to Bates 7-2. Bowdoin dropped a consolation round match to Amherst 5-4 before rebounding to claim the seventh-place match Sunday over the Cardinals.
Michaela Martin and Alden Drake accounted for the Polar Bear wins against the Bobcats, coming at the #3 and #4 spots, respectively. Both players took 3-1 victories with Martin jumping to a 2-0 lead and holding on while Drake rallied from a 1-0 deficit to take the win.
Bowdoin dropped a heartbreaker in the consolation semifinal to Amherst, 5-4, later on Saturday afternoon. Bowdoin got great play from the top of the ladder as Rachel Barnes rallied from a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 comeback win at #1 and Sarah Nelson cruised to a 3-0 win at #2. Bowdoin also got points from Drake at #4 (3-1) and Sara Wlodarczyk at #6 (3-1), but couldn't find the clinching fifth point in the loss.
The Polar Bears rallied with authority on Sunday, however, defeating the Cardinals 7-2. Barnes took another unlikely win at #1, rallying again from a 2-0 deficit. Nelson (4-1), Martin (3-0), Drake (3-0), Chloe Polikoff (3-2), Wlodarczyk (3-0) and Christiana Whitcomb (3-2) netted wins for Bowdoin at the #2-7 spots to account for the final score.
Bowdoin will host the Division III Individual Squash Championships this coming weekend at Lubin Squash Center. Action will get underway on Thursday morning.