PRINCETON, N.J. – The ninth-ranked Dartmouth women’s squash team captured the Kurtz Cup by defeating No. 14 Drexel, 5-4 in in Division B of the CSA Team Nationals on Sunday afternoon.
With the victory, the Big Green conclude the season 8-8 overall, while the Dragons finish 8-11.
Senior Maddie Fraser began her final college squash match by winning her first game, 11-0 before winning the next two games solidly. Junior Janel Gaube battled hard, winning her match in three close games as two of them were decided in extra points. Freshman Julia Potter fell to her opponent in three games.
In the second round, freshman Annie Blasberg played one of her toughest matches of the season, winning the first and fourth games. In the fifth game, Blasberg gained a 7-3 lead before being pegged back 7-7. With a momentum shift she lost the game 7-11 and the match.
Junior Zainab Molani lost her match in four games after coming back from one game down. Molani couldn’t push forward to impose her game on the opponent on this occasion. Meanwhile, sophomore Emma Roberts got off to a tentative start facing two game balls in her first game. Roberts eventually took command and won, 3-0.
Freshman Junnat Anwar began the last round by conquering her opponent in three quick games. Senior Jacqueline Barnes lost in a close three games with a determined performance, forcing extra points in the second and having two game balls before losing the match.
Junior Rebecca Brownell won the final match for Dartmouth in an exciting five games, coming from two games down to turn the match around, winning the final three games of her match. Brownell also displayed great maturity in this team winning performance to capture the trophy.
Select members of the Big Green will return to action next weekend for the CSA Individual Championships.
1 | Hayley Hughes (Drexel) def. Jacqueline Barnes (Dartmouth); 11-8, 14-12, 11-8
2 | Ryan Morgan (Drexel) def. Annie Blasberg (Dartmouth); 11-13, 11-4, 11-5, 6-11, 11-7
3 | Anna Hughes (Drexel) def. Julia Potter (Dartmouth); 11-9, 11-2, 11-1
4 | Rebecca Brownell (Dartmouth) def. Mary Fung-A-Fat (Drexel); 5-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-6
5 | Fiona Power (Drexel) def. Zainab Molani (Dartmouth); 11-6, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5
6 | Janel Gaube (Dartmouth) def. Apoora Addepalli (Drexel); 11-9, 12-10, 12-10
7 | Junnat Anwar (Dartmouth) def. Kaitlyn Money (Drexel); 11-6, 11-7, 11-8
8 | Emma Roberts (Dartmouth) def. Maria Diagama (Drexel); 12-10, 11-2, 11-6
9 | Maddie Fraser (Dartmouth) def. Kristine Giltvedt (Drexel); 11-0, 11-8, 11-7