No. 29 women's squash strong at top in 5-4 loss to No. 15 Middlebury

Sophomore Luca Polgar won 3-0 at the No. 1 position against No. 15 nationally ranked Middlebury on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Despite victories at the top three positions on the ladder, the number 29 nationally ranked Bates women's squash team fell 5-4 to No. 15 Middlebury Friday night at the Bates College Squash Center. 

Sophomore Luca Polgar (Budapest, Hungary) led the way again for Bates, winning 3-0 (11-3, 12-10, 11-2) over the Panthers' Beatrijs Kuijpers at the No. 1 position. Junior Kristyna Alexova (Boskovice, Czech Republic) impressed in her return to the lineup, stepping in to the No. 2 position and winning 3-0 (11-9, 11-4, 11-8) over Lucy Bostwick. 

The Bobcats' two captains also prevailed on Friday, with junior Vicky Arjoon (Georgetown, Guyana) taking down Alexa Comai 3-0 (11-4, 11-8, 11-9) at the No. 3 position and sophomore Eliza Dunham (New Haven, Conn.) winning 3-0 (11-8, 12-10, 12-10) in her season debut over Middlebury's Virginia Schaus at the No. 6 position. 

Unfortunately, Bates (2-3) dropped the other five matches to the Panthers (4-2), with first-year Katie Manternach (Brooklyn, N.Y.) putting up a strong fight in a 3-1 (11-6, 9-11, 12-10, 12-10) loss at the No. 5 position to Middlebury's Natalie Madden. Junior Katie Bull (Sudbury, Mass.) won her first game at the No. 9 position before falling 3-1 (9-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-2) to Lily Bogle.

The Bobcats look to bounce back Saturday when they host No. 14 nationally ranked Williams at noon. 

No. 15 Middlebury 5, No. 29 Bates 4
Jan. 12, 2018 at Lewiston, Maine.

1. Luca Polgar (B) def. Beatrijs Kuijpers (M) 11-3, 12-10, 11-2
2. Kristyna Alexova (B) def. Lucy Bostwick (M) 11-9, 11-4, 11-8
3. Vicky Arjoon (B) def. Alexa Comai (M) 11-4, 11-8, 11-9
4. Anne Glassie (M) def. Maeve O'Brien (B) 11-7, 13-11, 11-8
5. Natalie Madden (M) def. Katie Manternach (B) 11-6, 9-11, 12-10, 12-10 
6. Eliza Dunham (B) def. Virginia Schaus (M) 11-8, 12-10, 12-10
7. Emily Beinkampen (M) def. Molly Brooks (B) 11-7, 11-5, 11-5
8. Mira Chugh (M) def. Hannah Conner (B) 11-1, 11-3, 11-2
9. Lily Bogle (M) def. Katie Bull (B) 9-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-2