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Top-Seeded Women's Squash Advances to Kurtz Cup Final

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By David Silverman(
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NEW HAVEN, CONN. - The top-seeded Dartmouth women's squash advance to the final of the Kurtz Cup on Saturday, topping Ivy League rival Columbia, 9-0.

The Kurtz Cup is hosted by Yale and is contested at the Brady Squash Center.

The Big Green shutout their opponent for the second straight day, improving to 8-8 overall.

Dartmouth won back-to-back matches for the third time this season as it took five of the nine matches in three games.

Melina Turk, Nina Scott, Sarah Loucks, Lydie McKenzie and Helena Darling all won their matches without dropping a game.

Turk, Scott, Loucks, McKenzie and Darling each won, 3-0, for the second straight day. Loucks has now won three consecutive matches for the Big Green.

After dropping the first game, both Tori Dewey and Corey Schafer rallied to earn points for Dartmouth. Dewey took her match, 3-1, and has now won five of her last six matches, while Schafer scored a hard earned 3-2 triump at the No. 1 spot.

Katherine Nimmo and Oona Morris earned the other points for the Green and White. Nimmo notched a 3-2 win, while Morris topped Diya Kumar, 3-1.

Dartmouth returns to the courts on Sunday, Feb. 17, taking on the winner of the Middlebury and Bates in the final of the Kurtz Cup. The Big Green defeated Bates, 9-0, earlier this season.

1. Schafer, Corey (D) def. Jenkins, Catherine (C), 3-2/ 10-12, 11-7, 6-11, 11-4, 11-4

2. Turk, Melina (D) def. Pacheco, Reyna (C), 3-0/ 13-11, 13-11, 11-6 

3. Scott, Nina (D) def. Maity,Alisha (C), 3-0/ 11-3, 11-3, 11-7    

4. Loucks, Sarah (D) def. Calihan, Kate (C), 3-0/ 11-9, 11-5, 11-4

5. Nimmo, Katherine (D) def. Barnet, Leah (C), 3-2/ 11-7, 11-3, 12-10, 4-11, 11-6

6. Dewey, Tori  (D) def.  Stone, Monica/  (C), 3-1/ 9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-6 

7. McKenzie, Lydie (D) def. Quan, Katie (C), 3-0/ 11-5, 11-8, 12-10    

8. Darling, Helena (D) def. Dickey, Skylar (C), 3-0/ 11-8, 11-5, 11-4    

9. Morris, Oona (D) def. Kumar, Diya (C), 3-1/ 11-9, 10-12, 11-4, 11-5