Squash Teams Fall in Trio of Matches to Nationally-Ranked Rivals

Squash Teams Fall in Trio of Matches to Nationally-Ranked Rivals

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's and women's squash teams played tight matches, but lost competitive decisions to a trio of NESCAC rivals last weekend. 

The men's team (1-6) lost to #21 Amherst, 5-4, #19 Middlebury, 8-1, and #15 Williams, 8-1. The women's team (1-6) suffered setbacks to #18 Amherst, 6-3, #16 Middlebury, 9-0, and #12 Williams, 8-1.

At Amherst on Friday, the Bowdoin men almost pulled the upset, getting wins from Maxwell Bearse at #3 (11-3,12-10,8-11,11-8), Benjamin Bristol at #5 (6-11,11-5,11-8,8-11,11-9), Alex Reisley at #6 (11-5,11-3,11-8) and Michael DeFranco at #8 (11-8,9-11,11-9,11-9). Andrew Ward and Cyrus Nassikas both lost hard-fought five-set decisions as the Jeffs walked away with the close win. Nassikas won at #6 (11-5,12-10,11-7) against Middlebury to account for the Bowdoin point while Henry Haig earned Bowdoin's point at #8 (7-11,11-8,8-11,11-4,11-6) against Williams.

On the women's side, Sarah Nelson led off the match against Amherst with a win at #1 (11-3,11-8,8-11,11-9) with Sara Wlodarczyk also winning at #4 (11-8,3-11,11-6,7-11,11-0) and Chloe Polikoff at #6 (11-9,8-11,11-4,13-15,11-9). The Polar Bears were edged in two five-set losses at #2 with Virginia Ross and at #8 by Emily Simonton. Diya Chopra accounted for the Bowdoin point in the loss to Williams, earning a hard-fought win at #5 (11-8,11-6,5-11,7-11,12-10).

Both teams will travel to central Massachusetts for matches at the Pioneer Valley Invitational hosted by Mount Holyoke and Smith next weekend. The women's team is ranked 19th in the latest national poll while the men are ranked 22nd.