HANOVER, N.H. – Three Dartmouth women's squash players began play at the CSA Individual National Championships held at Dartmouth's Berry Racquet Center on Friday. Valeria Wiens, Hannah Conant and Corey Schafer all began play.
Wiens and Conant began the championships by splitting while Shafer lost both of her matches. All three women were competing in the Ramsay Division of the Main Draw.
Wiens struggled with jitters early as she lost her first game, 11-8 but she came back to tie the match with an 11-3 victory and then won the next two, 11-5 and 11-4. In her second match of the day, Wiens hung with Nirasha Gurgue from Harvard through the first two games as he each were victorious but Gurgue proved too much in the final two games, coming away with the 11-7,6-11,11-3,11-3 victory. Wiens will now square off with Anne Madeira from Penn in the second round consolation at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Conant began her day losing in three to Gurgue (11-4, 11-3, 12-10) but rebounded with a win over Nadas. Conant won the first game easily, 11-2 but Nadas tied the match with an 11-6 win in game two. The next two games were evenly matched as the two battled hard with Conant winning one 11-9 and Nadas winning, 12-10. But Conant proved stronger in the end as the Big Green senior won the final game easily, 11-3. Conant will now take on Ceceilia Cortes from Harvard, Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Schafer, seeded 15th dropped her first match to Julie Cerullo from from Princeton in three games. Cerullo won easily, 11-7, 11-3, 11-6. Schafer moved into the consolation game and unfortunately could not come away with a victory as she dropped a hard-fought match to June Tiong from Harvard. Tiong won the first two, 11-8, 11-7 but Schafer battled back and won the third, 13-11. The two played several long rallies before Tiong took the fourth (11-5) and the match.