No. 19 women's squash splits a pair of matches at NESCAC Championships

First-year Natasha Jones won a pair of matches on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the NESCAC Championships. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The No. 19 nationally ranked Bates women's squash team lost a 5-4 heartbreaker to No. 14 Middlebury in the quarterfinals before bouncing back to defeat No. 21 Hamilton 9-0 in a consolation match Saturday at the NESCAC Championships hosted by Trinity College. 

Four Bobcats went 2-0 on the day, with junior Luca Polgar (Budapest, Hungary) and senior captain Kristyna Alexova (Boskovice, Czech Republic) going a combined 4-0 at the top of the lineup. Polgar rallied from down two games to one to defeat Middlebury's Beatrijs Kuijpers 3-2 (11-9, 8-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-7) at the No. 1 position. Then she swept Hamilton's Charlote Zonis 3-0 (11-1, 11-1, 11-4) to improve her personal record to 14-2 on the season. Alexova's two wins on Saturday gives her a 13-4 record this season. Playing at the No. 2 position, Alexova held off Middlebury's Ideal Downing by a count of 3-2 (11-5, 9-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-9) and swept Hamilton's Megan Grip 3-0 (11-4, 11-1, 11-3). 

Sophomore Maeve O'Brien (Essex, Conn.) has won 18 straight matches going back to last season after two more wins on Saturday. She won a five-game battle with Middlebury's Natalie Madden, prevailing 3-2 (11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8) at the No. 5 position. Then she had no problem sweeping Hamilton's Liesl Guenther 3-0 (11-8, 11-5, 11-5) in her second match of the day. 

First-year Natasha Jones (Roslindale, Mass.) swept both her opponents on Saturday, taking down Middlebury's Anne Glassie 3-0 (12-10, 13-11, 11-8) and Hamilton's Lindsay Jadow 3-0 (11-5, 11-9, 11-7) at the No. 6 position. Jones has been outstanding in her debut season, improving her record to 11-3 after her wins on Saturday.

After the Bobcats' narrow loss to Middlebury, Bates came back strong and swept every match against Hamilton. Bates is back in action Sunday at the NESCAC Championships when the Bobcats take on No. 16 Tufts at 9:30am. 

No. 14 Middlebury 5, No. 19 Bates 4 (NESCAC Quarterfinals)
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at Trinity College

1. Luca Polgar (BAT) def. Beatrijs Kuijpers (MID) 11-9, 8-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-7
2. Kristyna Alexova (BAT) def. Ideal Downing (MID) 11-5, 9-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-9
3. Alexa Comai (MID) def. Vicky Arjoon (BAT) 11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 12-10
4. Virginia Schaus (MID) def. Katie Manternach (BAT) 11-5, 11-3, 11-0
5. Maeve O'Brien (BAT) def. Natalie Madden (MID) 11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8
6. Natasha Jones (BAT) def. Anne Glassie (MID) 12-10, 13-11, 11-8
7. Gwen Davis (MID) def. Natalie Bachman (BAT) 11-5, 11-5, 11-5
8. Natasha Lowitt (MID) def. Molly Brooks (BAT) 12-10, 11-6, 11-1
9. Mira Chugh (MID) def. Katie Bull (BAT) 11-6, 13-15, 11-2, 11-7

No. 19 Bates 9, No. 21 Hamilton 0 (NESCAC Consolation Match)
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at Trinity College

1. Luca Polgar (BAT) def. Charlotte Zonis (HAM) 11-1, 11-1, 11-4
2. Kristyna Alexova (BAT) def. Megan Grip (HAM) 11-4, 11-1, 11-3
3. Vicky Arjoon (BAT) def. Caitlin Stern (HAM) 11-9, 11-7, 11-5
4. Katie Manternach (BAT) def. Sydney Soloway (HAM) 11-5, 11-3
5. Maeve O'Brien (BAT) def. Liesl Guenther (HAM) 11-8, 11-5, 11-5
6. Natasha Jones (BAT) def. Lindsay Jadow (HAM) 11-5, 11-9, 11-7
7. Natalie Bachman (BAT) def. Eleanor Struthers (HAM) 11-4, 11-9, 11-7
8. Molly Brooks (BAT) def. Maddie Sakheim (HAM) 11-6, 11-5, 11-3
9. Katie Bull (BAT) def. Jean Beecher (HAM) 11-3, 11-3, 11-4