|Claire Davidson battled five games for her win at #1|
PRINCETON, N.J. - After traveling to New Jersey for the 2017 College Squash Association (CSA) Team Championships as the #21 team in the nation this weekend, Tufts Women's Squash will come home with a #19 final national ranking after defeating William Smith College 6-3 on Sunday.
Both Tufts and #22 William Smith were in the Walker Cup division of the CSA Team Championships, which included the 17th through 24th ranked teams in the country. Both the Jumbos and the Herons pulled off upsets in the first round on Friday, but lost semi-final matches on Sunday. That left them to compete for third place in the Walker Cup and #19 nationally on Sunday.
The Jumbo victory was topped by an exciting five-game win from freshman Claire Davidson at the #1 spot in the order. She led William Smith's Gabrielle Fraser 2-0 before the Heron rallied to tie the match at 2-2. Davidson took the decisive fifth game and won 11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 12-14, 11-7.
Tufts also posted three wins in four games today. Sophomore Sinclair Meggitt was trailing in the eighth match 1-0 before rebounding to win 5-11, 11-4, 15-13, 11-5. Freshman Sahar Tirmizi came out of a 1-1 tie with two straight wins to take the #6 match 11-8, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8. Sophomore Hannah Burns overcame a third-game loss to win her #2 match 11-5, 11-9, 7-11, 11-7.
Junior Jumbo Lauren Banner dominated her opponent in the fifth match, winning 11-6, 11-5, 11-1. Freshman Catherine Shanahan was also a three-game winner for the Jumbos at #3 by 11-4, 13-11, 11-5 scores.
Two of the Herons' three wins came in straight games. Madison Bradley won convincingly at #7 11-8, 11-5, 11-4 and Anna Worcester was an 11-7, 11-9, 11-2 winner in the ninth match. The other William Smith victory came at #4, where Allison Rubin topped Jumbo sophomore Sahana Karthik in four games (13-11, 12-10, 10-12, 11-8).
The Jumbos, who finished their team season with a 17-7 record, have the CSA Individual Championships remaining on their schedule. Dartmouth College will host the event from March 3-5.
William Smith finished its team season with a 14-8 record. The Herons will also likely send players to the CSA Individual Championships.