CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s squash team (6-2, 2-0 MASC) picked up two 9-0 wins on Saturday (Dec. 4) at the McArthur Squash Center, topping two Mid-Atlantic Squash Conference opponents, Georgetown (2-1, 0-1 MASC) and Franklin & Marshall (2-3, 1-1 MASC) by that same score.

The Cavaliers won all nine matches against the Hoyas, plus their exhibition, in three games. The Diplomats won one game in the ten matches.

The Cavaliers shook up the lineup for both matches, with several first-year players picking up their first collegiate victories against Georgetown. Nicolina Tessitore and Annabelle MacTaggart played in the top nine for the first time in their careers and earned their first career victories. Caroline Pellegrino played her first collegiate match, debuting at the eight slot and winning 11-2, 11-2, 11-2. Sophomore Griffin Dewey picked up her first collegiate win with an 11-3, 11-0, 11-7 victory at seven. Olivia Walsh played at the top of the ladder for the first time, winning 11-5, 11-1, 11-1 against Zuba Nazir.

Tessitore, Pellegrino and Dewey also won their matches against Franklin & Marshall. Junior Julia Curran played in the top-nine for the first time this season, picking up an 11-4, 11-8, 11-4 win against Pratiksha Mishra.


“Our women’s team seemed intent on working smarter as well as harder this weekend. A trend I’ve noticed all season long. Going a perfect 27-0 in head-to-head matches, leaves us with massive confidence and momentum as we prepare to welome the Harvard Squash dynasty to our courts. Getting these wins is so important. For each player, one win contains a host of great things she is capable of. And, as each picture is worth a thousand words, it is exciting for her to glimpse the different possible ways our student-athletes are going to make contributions in the years to come. On a final note, special recognition is due to co-captain Emma Jinks, who competed in her fiftieth career match, reaching the milestone in style with a 3-0 win. Emma is a special kind of player and person who has brought this program forward from match 1 to match 50. ”


  • This is Georgetown’s first year as a varsity squash team and its first year as a member of the Mid-Atlantic Squash Conference
  • Virginia is 6-0 all-time against the Diplomats, having swept the last five meetings
  • Virginia also swept Dartmouth on Friday night, giving the team three straight sweeps as they head into break
  • Virginia has won its last four matches
  • Senior Emma Jinks has improved to 6-2 on the season
  • Freshman Maureen Foley has begun her career with a 5-1 record


  • Virginia will take a break for final exams and the holidays before returning to action on Sunday, Jan. 9 by hosting No. 1 Harvard

#5 Virginia 9, Georgetown 0

1 | Olivia Walsh (W_UVA) def. Zuha Nazir (GTWN) 11-5, 11-1, 11-1
2 | Emma Jinks (W_UVA) def. Caroline Wilcox (GTWN) 11-2, 11-3, 11-1
3 | Caroline Baldwin (W_UVA) def. Nina Thomas (GTWN) 11-5, 11-1, 11-9
4 | Erin O’Connor (W_UVA) def. Nicole Carino (GTWN) 11-4, 11-2, 11-7
5 | Mandy Haywood (W_UVA) def. Julia Sachman (GTWN) 11-9, 11-1, 11-4
6 | Nicolina Tessitore (W_UVA) def. Grace Feagin (GTWN) 11-7, 11-4, 11-4
7 | Griffin Dewey (W_UVA) def. Nina Flinn (GTWN) 11-3, 11-0, 11-7
8 | Caroline Pellegrino (W_UVA) def. Sarah Conner (GTWN) 11-2, 11-2, 11-2
9 | Annabelle MacTaggart (W_UVA) def. Minna Holleck (GTWN) 11-2, 11-1, 11-2
Exh. | Julia Curran (W_UVA) def. Chloe Kim (GTWN) 11-1, 11-4, 11-1


#5 Virginia 9, #17 Franklin and Marshall 0

1 | Meagan Best (W_UVA) def. Audrey Berling (FM) 11-3, 11-4, 11-2
2 | Emma Jinks (W_UVA) def. Aryaa Ogale (FM) 11-4, 11-4, 11-1
3 | Caroline Baldwin (W_UVA) def. Catherine Costin (FM) 11-4, 9-11, 11-4, 11-5
4 | Erin O’Connor (W_UVA) def. Emily Knapp (FM) 11-7, 11-2, 11-5
5 | Maureen Foley (W_UVA) def. Zarine Gidwaney (FM) 11-8, 11-3, 11-3
6 | Nicolina Tessitore (W_UVA) def. Emily Bartos (FM) 11-7, 15-13, 11-3
7 | Griffin Dewey (W_UVA) def. Samira Sankaran (FM) 11-6, 11-8, 11-7
8 | Caroline Pellegrino (W_UVA) def. Zoe Quayle (FM) 11-4, 11-5, 11-4
9 | Julia Curran (W_UVA) def. Pratiksha Mishra (FM) 11-4, 11-8, 11-4
Exh. Annabelle MacTaggart (W_UVA) def. Iman Jaikishan (FM) 11-1, 11-1, 11-3