CLINTON, N.Y. - In the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Championships this morning, the Tufts University Women's Squash team turned in a dominating performance with a 9-0 sweep over Middlebury College.
The Jumbos, who are currently ranked No. 11 in national polls, entered the NESCAC Championships as the #2 seed and received a first round bye. Today's win over the seventh-seeded Panthers improves the Jumbos record to 7-3 on the season and earns them a spot in today's semi-final match-up.
The Jumbos showed determination and focus in today's performance as they were able to secure 3-0 sweeps in six of their nine matches. Sophomore Caroline Chin in the second position, freshman Nieve Monderer in the fifth slot, junior Isa Schneider in the sixth slot, senior Diya Sanghi in the 7th position, and freshman Ellie Ackerman in the eighth slot all posted 3-0 wins. In the ninth position, senior Megan Chen (pictured) was able to hold her opponent to just 12 total points in her three set victory. Sophomore Sanjana Vissapragada and freshman Aleezah Burhan, in the third and fourth positions, respectively, both turned in four set victories. In the first position, freshman Riddhi Joshi, had the battle of the morning with a thrilling five set win (9-11, 5-11, 14-12, 11-6, 11-5) over Middlebury's Abby Holding.
The Jumbos will face #3 seed Williams College in the NESCAC semi-finals today at 4:15pm. Regardless of outcome, the Jumbos have guaranteed a program best finish in the conference championships. Their previous best was a 5th place finish in 2019. The winner of today's semi-final match will play for the conference championship tomorrow (Feb. 13th) at noon.