Nov. 5, 2017

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Lancaster, Pa.- The Virginia men’s and women’s squash teams concluded their opening weekend with a sweep over Franklin & Marshall on Sunday (Nov. 5) in Lancaster Pa., at the Mayers Squash Center. The No. 13 Virginia women (2-0) defeated No. 18 Franklin & Marshall (0-1), 8-1, while the No. 17 Cavalier men (1-1) upset the No. 15 Diplomats (0-1), 5-4.

“Another 8-1 win for the women who played confidently,” head coach Mark Allen said. “With our next two matches against No. 5 Stanford and No. 2 Penn, it was important to get the season started with two wins. We narrowly beat Franklin & Marshall 5-4 last year. With our No. 4, co-captain Carey Danforth unable to play today due to injury, the match had the potential to be more difficult, but they really came out firing and never put themselves behind or into an awkward position.

“The men really demonstrated their strength of character with today’s performance. We were all very disappointed with yesterday’s loss, and today was a real test for them. This is the fourth year that the men have bounced back from a disappointing loss with a huge win and I couldn’t be prouder. Every single player, without exception, stepped up their level from the previous day and they all looked so much more relaxed after getting the pressure of playing their first varsity match off their backs.”

The women’s team recorded its second win of the season, sweeping seven courts against the Diplomats.

Freshman Emily Woodworth (Weston, Mass.) recorded the first point with an 11-4, 11-4, 11-3 win against Ellen Verry on court two. Junior Madeleine Mayhew (New York, N.Y) won on court six against Grace Smith, 11-3, 11-2, 11-3, while freshman Sara Keene (Wellesley, Mass.) won on court eight against Katherine Anderson, 11-5, 11-7, 11-3, respectively. Junior Annie Tyson (Flourtown, Pa.) defeated Melissa Epstein on court four, 11-2, 11-2, 11-7, while sophomore Isabelle Ezratty (Greenwich, Conn.) swept Julia Bevan with a score of 11-0, 11-0, 11-0 for the game-winning point.

Sophomore Julia Thompson (Newtown Square, Pa.) recorded a 12-14, 11-5, 11-5, 11-2 win on court three over Katherine Galambos, while sophomore Sarah Doss (Richmond, Va.) defeated Clare Tompkins, 11-0, 11-3, 11-5, on court five and sophomore Elle Carroll (New York, N.Y.) defeated Liana Zranchev, 11-4, 11-8, 11-4, on court seven.

“We came in focused and confident this weekend and it really paid off,” co-captain and senior Carey Danforth (Greenwich, Conn.) said. “It’s very exciting to start our season so positively.”

On the men’s side, freshman Matthew Katz (Baltimore, Md.) won court nine, downing Brahm Brooks, 11-2, 11-5, 11-3. Sophomore Toby Hansford (Darien, Conn.) recorded the team’s second point, defeating Shamseldeen Abbas on court two, 11-8, 11-8, 13-11.

Franklin & Marshall got on the board with a four-set win on court six over junior Henry Woodworth (Weston, Mass.), 9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-9, but the Cavaliers responded with a 6-11, 11-9, 11-5, 3-11, 11-9 win on court four from junior Jarett Odrich (Greenwich, Conn.) over Samm Fulton.

Freshman David Brenman (Philadelphia, Pa.) recorded the team’s fourth point, downing Frank Murray 12-10, 11-4, 11-3 on court eight.

Although the Diplomats scored their second point with a win on court one, junior Killian Bubrosky (New Canaan, Conn.) defeated Kingman Bassett on court seven for the match point with an 11-6, 8-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8 victory.

“This was a breakout win for the men who have been on the wrong side of this match-up for a couple years now,” co-captain and senior Mason Blake (Philadelphia, Pa.) said. “It was especially impressive to see everyone come out firing after a disappointing loss to Dickinson. This was a great win to build upon for the rest of the season.”

The Cavalier women will return to action for their first home match on Nov. 17 against Stanford at the McArthur Squash Center in Charlottesville, Va. The Virginia men will host Penn on Nov. 18.

No. 13 Virginia women 8, No. 18 Franklin & Marshall 1

No. 1 Sherilyn Yang def. Tara Arya 12-10, 11-6, 12-10

No. 2 Emily Woodworth def. Ellen Verry 11-4, 11-4, 11-3

No. 3 Julia Thompson def. Katherine Galambos 12-14, 11-5, 11-5, 11-2

No. 4 Annie Tyson def. Melissa Epstein 11-2, 11-2 11-7

No. 5 Sarah Doss def. Clare Tompkins 11-0, 11-3, 11-5

No. 6 Madeleine Mayhew def. Grace Smith 11-3, 11-2, 11-3

No. 7 Elle Carroll def. Liana Zranchev 11-4, 11-8, 11-4

No. 8 Sara Keene def. Katherine Anderson 11-5, 11-7, 11-3

No. 9 Isabelle Ezratty def. Julia Bevan 11-0, 11-0, 11-0

Exh. Molly Prockop def. Kendyl Kratzer 11-0, 11-6, 11-2

No. 17 Virginia men 5, No. 15 Franklin & Marshall 4

No. 1 Sanjay Jeeva def. Mason Blake 11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9

No. 2 Toby Hansford def. Shamseldeen Abbas 11-8, 11-8, 13-11

No. 3 Yannis Senkel def. William Braff 8-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-6

No. 4 Jarett Odrich def. Samm Fulton 6-11, 11-9, 11-5, 3-11, 11-9

No. 5 Boden Polikoff def. Grayson Bubrosky 12-10, 12-10, 6-11, 8-11, 12-10

No. 6 Ricardo Machado def. Henry Woodworth 9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-9

No. 7 Killian Bubrosky def. Kingman Bassett 11-6, 8-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8

No. 8 David Brenman def. Frank Murray 12-10, 11-4, 11-3

No. 9 Matthew Katz def. Brahm Brooks 11-2, 11-5, 11-3

Exh. James Dudzik def. Chris Taylor 11-3, 11-5, 11-3