Ariffin plays for A Draw title at DIII Individual Nationals

Nessrine Ariffin played Wesleyan's Laila Samy for the DIII Individual Nationals singles title on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Bates senior and second-seeded Nessrine Ariffin played for the A Draw championship at the DIII Women's Squash Individual Nationals on Sunday at Wesleyan University, falling to first-year sensation and top seed Laila Samy of the host Cardinals 3-0 (11-3, 11-5, 11-9).

The match concluded the inaugural tournament for four members of the Bobcats who competed and amassed an aggregate 11-5 record.

Ariffin (Penang, Malaysia) scored three straight 3-0 wins in the tournament, beginning with Friday night's 12-10, 11-5, 11-2 defeat of Williamson of Mount Holyoke. She went on to beat seventh-seeded Gray of Hamilton 11-3, 11-5, 11-3, then third-seeded Friedman of Williams 11-9, 11-8, 11-2 to set up the 

Fellow senior Myriam Kelly (Bronx, N.Y.) finished play on Saturday, having dropped into the A Consolation Draw and stormed through the competition to win the bracket. The fourth-seeded Kelly fell in the first round of the A Draw to Sawin of Williams by a 3-1 (6-11, 11-3, 11-2, 11-8) score, but in the consolation bracket she defeated Sands of Hamilton 3-0 (11-1, 11-5, 11-7), Lin of Wellesley 3-2 (11-7, 8-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-9) and finally Lehman of Amherst 3-0 (11-5, 11-9, 11-8).

Sophomore Emma Dunn (Bellevue, Wash.) played in the B Second Round Consolation final against Tiana Palmer-Poroner of Amherst, after winning 3-0 (11-3, 12-10, 11-6) against Puklin from Connecticut College. Dunn was eliminated from the main B Draw by Bates senior captain Chloe Mitchell (Chatham, N.J.) in Saturday's semifinals, after she had won a play-in match on Friday against Maxwell of Wesleyan, 3-0 (11-6, 11-9, 11-8), then scored a 3-1 (11-4, 12-14, 11-8, 11-4) defeat of sixth-seeded Weissman of Hamilton.

Mitchell defeated Merchant of Mount Holyoke, then Dunn by a 3-2 score (14-12, 7-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-9) to reach the semifinals, where she lost to a Williams player 3-2 (10-12, 11-7, 10-12, 11-4, 12-10).

Bates (3-2) resumes its schedule at Stanford University on Jan. 3, and will also face George Washington University the same day at Stanford.