CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s squash team (4-2) defeated No. 12 Dartmouth (0-2) by a 9-0 score on Friday (Dec. 3) at the McArthur Squash Center in Charlottesville, Va.

The match was the team’s first home contest since Jan. 26, 2020.

Four Cavaliers, including sophomore Meagan Best at the top of the ladder, won their matches in three games. Sophomore Olivia Walsh battled back from a 2-0 deficit to win her match at the No. 2 position in five games. Junior Maria Moya also battled for five games to earn her victory at three. Sophomore Erin O’Connor also battled for five games, winning the decider 12-10 to keep the sweep intact.

“An emphatic win for the women, though Dartmouth fought hard and the match was far more competitive than the final scoreline suggests. While Meagan, Emma, Sydney and Mandy all looked very sharp today and were dominant in their matches, the rest of them were much closer affairs, and second years Erin O’Connor and Olivia Walsh demonstrated this teams fighting spirit by both battling back to win from a 2-0 deficit. That’s the 6th Ivy league school in a row that we’ve played, and to come out with a 4-2 winning record is an impressive feat for this team. We are looking forward to another two home games tomorrow and giving the opportunity to first years, Nicolina Tessitore, Caroline Pellegrino and Annabelle Mactaggart to make their UVA debuts playing in the front nine.”


  • Virginia played six straight matches against Ivy League opponents to open the season
  • This was the second ever meeting between UVA and Dartmouth with UVA winning the first 6-3 in the 2020 Kurtz Cup final of the B Division of the CSA Team Championships. The Cavaliers rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win that match


  • The Cavaliers will play two matches on Saturday to open Mid-Atlantic Squash Conference opponents, taking on Georgetown (2-0, 0-0 MASC) at 11 a.m. and No. 17 Franklin & Marshall (2-2, 1-0 MASC) at 6 p.m.
  • The matches are free and open to the public

#5 Virginia 9, #12 Dartmouth 0
1 | Meagan Best (W_UVA) def. Emma Supattapone (DART) 11-6, 11-4, 11-8
2 | Olivia Walsh (W_UVA) def. Jesse Brownwell (DART) 9-11, 10-12, 11-8, 13-11, 11-4
3 | Maria Paula Moya (W_UVA) def. Claire Aube (DART) 11-8, 10-12, 11-9, 10-12, 11-7
4 |Emma Jinks (W_UVA) def. Emma Mactaggart (DART) 11-5, 11-6, 11-4
5 | Sydney Maxwell (W_UVA) def. Ellie Burke (DART) 11-4, 11-5, 11-6
6 | Caroline Baldwin (W_UVA) def. Darden Gildea (DART) 11-8, 11-5, 11-4
7 | Erin O’Connor (W_UVA) def. Emily Schuster (DART) 5-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8, 12-10
8 |Mandy Haywood (W_UVA) def. Caroline Mollenkopf (DART) 11-4, 11-8, 11-6
9 | Maureen Foley (W_UVA) def. Priya Verma (DART) 8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-7
Exh. Neeya Patel (DART) def. Nicolina Tessitore (W_UVA) 11-9, 4-11, 11-9, 11-8