Women's Squash Falls to Brown on Last Day of CSA National Championships

CAMBRIDGE - Tufts Women's Squash was narrowly edged by Brown University, 5-4, on Sunday afternoon in a match for third place in the Kurtz Cup of the College Squash Association (CSA) National Collegiate Team Championships.  The Kurtz Cup is the second tier in the CSA Team Championships and today's fourth-place finish is Tufts strongest performance in the tournament in the last 25 years.

It was an intense afternoon with close battles in nearly every position.   In five-set thrillers, freshman Riddhi Joshi (pictured) in the first position and Ellie Ackerman in the sixth position came away with points for the Jumbos.  Junior Isa Schneider stayed undefeated on the weekend with her 3-1 win over Isabella Kearns in the fifth slot and senior co-captain Megan Chen picked up a four set victory in the ninth slot with scores of 9-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-3.  Sophomores Caroline Chin at #2 and Ami Sao at #8 fell in four sets, while senior co-captain Diya Sanghi fell in straight sets in the seventh position.  Going into the last two matches of the day the Jumbos had a close 4-3 advantage, but unfortunately could not hold on as sophomore Sanjana Vissapragada fell in the third position 3-11, 9-11, 10-12 and freshmen Aleezah Burhan was defeated in four sets by Brown's Abigail Dichter.

The Jumbos are 9-6 on the season and entered the weekend ranked No. 12 in national polls.  With their performance this weekend they will likely finish with a similar 2021-22 season ranking.

Next up for the Jumbos is the CSA National Collegiate Individual Championships from March 4-6.