Note: Matches played 2/2/13 | This is a repost from the Virginia Squash Teams’ website.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s squash team once again protected the house that Jefferson built, going 3-0 in an early February home stand to bring their home record to a perfect 4-0 for the season. The Cavaliers paid their orange-and-blue-striped cheering section in kind with superb squash. In the process they avenged opening-weekend losses to Georgetown and Johns Hopkins.
Co-Captain Alice Kister digs out a boast in her match against Georgetown's Elizabeth Johnson
Virginia opened the 2013 home event with a 5-4 thriller over long-time rival Georgetown. The victory ended a four-plus year drought for the Cavaliers against the Hoyas. No surprise, then, that the fourth-year players summoned their most inspired squash of the season to capture points at #1 (Kelly Whelan over Kirsten Craddock, 3-0), #3 (Amara Warren over Caroline Palmer, 3-1 ), and #8 (Sophie Baum over Mary McShea, 3-1). UVa took a substantial lead in the early going, as Baum, Celia Dyer, and Rachel Filderman prevailed. Despite a strong effort from UVa fourth-year Alice Kister, Georgetown’s Elizabeth Johnson put the Hoyas on the board with a victory at the #4 position. The visitors mounted a comeback with strong play through the middle of the ladder, notching victories at positions five through seven. But Cavalier fourth-years Whelan and Warren sealed the score card for the home crew with victories at #1 and #3.
In their second match of the weekend, UVa hosted one of the newer members of the College Squash Association, the University of North Carolina. In their second appearance on the UVa home courts, the Tar Heels demonstrated remarkable improvement, taking the number four position (Caroline Klaff over
Sophie Baum, 3-0) and pushing the number five match to five games. Ultimately, however, the Heels had no answer for the ‘Hoos at the top and bottom of the ladder. And the home team rolled on to a 7-1 victory.
Sunday’s match proved an anticlimax, as the Johns Hopkins side suffered an epidemic of last-minute roster scratches in the days leading up to the match. Able to muster only three players, the Blue Jays opted to take the default in order to fulfill the CSA’s match requirement*. UVa first-year Charlotte Seiler competed at the #1 position for the ‘Hoos and earned the prime win of her young career in 3-2 fashion over JHU’s Dorothy Kim. Hopkins tallied wins in the two other contested matches (Nyirjesy over Tara Simonson at #2 and Plapinger over Meghan Cover at #3), bringing the final overall match score to 7-2 in favor of Virginia.
–Matches played February 2-3, 2013
*According to CSA rules women’s club teams must play in at least nine regular-season matches to qualify to participate in the WCSA National Team Championships.