HARTFORD, Conn.- The No. 10 Virginia women’s squash team (18-7) finished third at the Kurtz Cup, the B Division of the College Squash Association Team Championships, on Sunday (Feb. 24) after the team defeated No. 12 Brown (9-9), 6-3, at the Kellner Squash Center.
“Wow, what a finish for this team,” head coach Mark Allen said. “After a tough and emotional loss yesterday, we managed to refocus and push on to finish at number 11 in the nation, which marks our highest final national ranking in program history. The win was a fitting conclusion for our seniors, Candace Craig, Madeleine Mayhew and Annie Tyson. Sarah Doss gets a game ball and birthday gift for her incredible five-game win, which might have been the match of the day across any and all divisions. I can’t say enough positive about this group and the way we have grown and developed over the course of the season; it’s been an incredible ride.”
Senior Annie Tyson (Flourtown, Pa.) opened the match with an 11-3, 11-3, 11-7 win in position six against Katrina Korthrop, but the Bears followed with an 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 win from Abigail Dichter over sophomore Emily Woodworth (Weston, Mass.) in position three to make the score 1-1.
Junior Julia Thompson (Newtown Square, Pa.) defeated Hannah Safford 9-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-6 in position nine to give the Cavaliers the lead as freshman Caroline Baldwin (Rye, N.Y.) added an 11-8, 11-9, 11-4 win against Isabella Kerns in position five.
Virginia fell in positions two and eight, respectively, as Brown tied the match at 3-3. Isabel Young defeated freshman Mandy Haywood (Christ Church, Barbados) 12-10, 11-5, 11-9 in position two as Catherine Kimmel won 11-9, 11-9, 12-10 against sophomore Giovanna Veiga de Almeida (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) in position eight.
Freshman Emma Jinks (Stratford, Prince Edward Island) went 11-6, 11-8, 11-5 against Alexa Jacobs in position one, while junior Tara Arya (Cupertino, Calif.) recorded the team’s fifth point with an 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6 win in position four.
Junior Sarah Doss (Richmond, Va.) captured the last point with a 6-11, 13-11, 7-11, 14-12, 12-10 win in position seven against Scarlett Bergam.
The match concludes the season for the Cavaliers as the team awaits selection for the CSA Individual Championships March 1-3 in Providence, R.I.
No. 10 Virginia def. No. 12 Brown
Order of Finish (6, 3, 9, 5, 2, 8, 1, 4, 7)
1 | Emma Jinks (UVA) def. Alexa Jacobs (BU) 11-6, 11-8, 11-5
2 | Isabel Young (BU) def. Mandy Haywood (UVA) 12-10, 11-5, 11-9
3 | Abigail Dichter (BU) def. Emily Woodworth (UVA) 11-7, 11-6, 11-6
4 | Tara Arya (UVA) def. Hannah Seckendorf (BU) 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6
5 | Caroline Baldwin (UVA) def. Isabella Kerns (BU) 11-8, 11-9, 11-4
6 | Annie Tyson (UVA) def. Katrina Northrop (BU) 11-3, 11-3, 11-7
7 | Sarah Doss (UVA) def. Scarlett Bergam (BU) 6-11, 13-11, 7-11, 14-12, 12-10
8 | Catherine Kimmel (BU) def. Giovanna Veiga de Almeida (UVA) 11-9, 11-9, 12-10
9 | Julia Thompson (UVA) def. Hannah Safford (BU) 9-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-6