Smith Squash Goes to Wesleyan – Dec. 4/5, 2009!

Here are some reports and links to videos of team matches – full scores to follow when U.S. squash site updated!

Squash Finishes 1-2 in First Day of Wesleyan Invitational

Northampton, MA: The Pioneers defeated Wellseley College 9-0 but lost to William Smith by the same score and Middelbury 1-8 after the first day of competition at the Wesleyan Squash Invitational.

The Pioneers opened competition today against a considerably more experienced squad from Middlebury and lost 8-1.  The match was close throughout with senior Andrea Shang (Hong Kong) at number 9 needing a tiebreaker score of 15-13 to close out the  match and give Smith a point.

The second match of the day, Smith swept Wellesley 9-0, improving upon its previous 7-2 win at Wellesley in early November. The Pioneers lost a total of only two individual games with #8 Su Fu (Beijing, China) and #9 Shang winning 3-1.  Many other games were closer than the score indicated with Alice Reznickova (Kromeriz, Czech Republic) winning game one in a tiebreaker, 12-10, and #6 Kelsey Radwilowicz (Belchertown, MA) winning her first game 11-9.

In the final match of the day, the Pioneers fell to William Smith 9-0.  Smith #1 Meg Oliverio (Boston, MA) played an outstanding match and almost defeated former top ranked junior Julia Steck, losing 11-5 in the 5th after jumping to a 2-0 lead.  The final match score was 7-11, 10-12, 11-4, 11-3 and 11-5.  Oliverio, a junior, played in the three spot last season and has stepped up to fill the void left by Shanita Williams’ absence this semester.  Smith #4, Elizabeth Guyman (Seattle, WA) had a tight 3-1 match with scores 11-6, 11-4, 6-11, 11-8. Joanne Poon (San Francisco, CA) at #2, #3 Reznickova and #9 Shang all lost 3-0 while pushing their opponents to 11-9 in at least one game.

Smith plays twice tomorrow facing host Wesleyan at 9 am and Connecticut College at 2:45 pm.

Squash Compete at Wesleyan Round Robin

Northampton, MA: In the second day of competition at the Wesleyan Squash Round Robin, the Pioneers faced host Wesleyan and Connecticut College. Smith dropped both matches, the first 9-0 and the second 6-3.

The strength in all positions for Wesleyan carried them past Smith in today’s opening match. In the last match for the Pioneers against Connecticut College, Smith’s #8 Andrea Shang (Hong Kong) defeated her opponent 3-0 while Su Fu (Beijing, China) at #9 won in four (12-14, 11-7, 11-8, 11-8).  Sophomore Clair Oblamski’s (Elm Grove, WI) come- from- behind victory at #5 for Smith was one of the longest matches of the day.  She defeated her opponent  11-7, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9 and 15-13.

The Pioneers will host Amherst College on Tuesday night at 7 pm.

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