Squash teams dominate Williams
In their final matches before the postseason, the men’s and women’s squash teams defeated Williams College Wednesday night. The No. 12 men (4-9, 1-6 Ivy) came away with a 7-2 victory over the No. 15 Ephs (13-13). The No. 8 women (5-7, 2-5 Ivy) swept No. 15 Williams (13-13) 9-0. In the last match before postseason, the teams tried to build momentum against similarly ranked opponents.

“The win shows how [the women] are fit enough and strong enough for the Howe Cup,” head coach Hansi Wiens said. “It shows our [men’s] team is ready for this weekend.” The Big Green men will play in the College Squash Association Championships starting today. On Wednesday, Chris Jung ’14 and co-captain Fletcher Pease ’14 both played solidly, finishing up their college squash careers with 3-2 wins, as did teammates James Fish ’16 and Glen Brickman ’17, who also won their matches 3-2. “A lot of the matches yesterday were pretty close, but our guys pulled away to give us a strong 7-2 victory,” Pease said. “It was their senior day, and we always have tough matches with them, so we knew they were going to fight hard on their home courts. We went in with the mentality that we needed to dig deep and fight even harder.” The only 3-0 victory for the men came from Michael Mistras ’15 in the number six match up. Nick Harrington ’17 lost in the top spot, replacing an injured Xander Greer ’16, who plans to return for the weekend’s championships. The only losses for the Big Green were by Harrington and Kyle Martino ’16 in the number eight rung on the ladder. The Big Green women defeated the Ephs handily. The home team only won five sets in the match. Five of the games were 3-0 sweeps by the Big Green women. Only the number four match between Kate Nimmo ’14 and Williams sophomore Nicole Feshbach went on to five sets. After losing the first two games by a score of 12-10, Nimmo battled back and won the third. The fourth set was 11-9 before the senior took control and won the final set 11-1. The women have won four of their last six games, losing to No. 4 Yale University and No. 6 Cornell University. The recent hot streak has helped the women maintain their No. 8 ranking and stay in the draw for the Howe Cup, the team championships for the A-division, which consists of the top eight teams in the nation. The men will play the No. 13 U.S. Naval Academy and the women will play No. 9 Princeton University. The Big Green men faced off against the Naval Academy earlier this year at the Midshipmen’s home courts in Annapolis, Md., and defeated them 5-4. The Midshipmen will come in having dropped two of their last three games. If the Big Green pull off a win over Navy then it will advance within the B-division to play Princeton, a team that dominated the Big Green in Dartmouth’s first home weekend after winter interim. The Big Green hopes to avenge its 7-2 loss and rise to the top of the second division with a No. 9 ranking.
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