Women’s Squash Stomps NESCAC Foes

By EMILY BIAN

BENJY RENTON/THE MIDDLEBURY CAMPUS
Anne Glassie ’20 looks to swat the ball against the Colby Mules.

After returning from nearly a month long break, the women’s squash team is back in full swinging with five wins under their belt. First up in their busy schedule, the 15th-ranked Panthers battled 13th-ranked Williams at home, winning 6-3. The team went on to defeat Amherst (7-2), Bowdoin (8-0), Colby (9-0) and Bates (7-2), adding on to a great start to second semester. With such a strong showing against top opponents, the women’s squash team has a winning streak of five and an overall score of 7-1. 

The team is scheduled to compete against 10 different schools before the NESCAC tournament beginning in February. Every opponent will serve as a chance to polish up the Panther’s game, in which they hope to bring back a NESCAC Championship and improve their current 15th national ranking. They have been training hard, both physically and mentally, hoping to pull some upsets and fare better than last year at the CSA Team Championships. With clear team goals in mind, the Panthers are looking forward to a busy J-term.

“Last year we finished number 15 in the country and this year we are trying to improve from that ranking. Specifically, we are aiming to beat Williams, GW and Brown who are ranked a couple of spots above us. Additionally, it is important for us to have a very tight knit team where everyone feels included, respected and valued. Finally, we have a goal of winning the team sportsmanship award that is given to one team in college squash after every season,” Alexa Comai ’19  said when asked about collective team goals. 

The Panthers will return to action as they compete against Hamilton on Thursday, Jan.17 at 5:30 p.m. in a pivotal home game. Be sure to come out and show your Panther pride! Rounding out J-term, the team hits the road as they travel to contest against Brown, Dickinson, Virginia and Franklin & Marshall. 

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Women’s Squash Stomps NESCAC Foes