The Department of Athletics & Recreation at Smith College recognizes the best athletic performances by a Smith Varsity Athlete with their “Athlete of the Week” Award – decided by Sports information Director Abe Osheyack.
This past weekend both Smith #1 Senior Co-captain Meg Oliverio and #2 Junior Clair Oblamski each upset their Conn College (ranked #24) and William Smith (ranked #25) opponents (Smith is ranked #29 nationally). The dual matches took place at Wesleyan University on Saturday and Sunday, December 4-5, 2010.
Both Oliverio and Oblamski have similar tactical plans to use against superior opponents. The plan has three components: 1) run for everything; 2) wait for a loose ball in the mid-court to volley drop; 3) wait for the opponent to attack them short with a boast or drop – and then counter-attack with a straight drop.
Their first win came on Saturday against Conn College in their third match of the day (third in 5 hours!), with Oliverio see-sawing back and forth with her opponent, Laura Abrams, after losing the first game: 8-11, 14-12, 11-6, 12-14, 11-6. Oblamksi, in only her second year of playing squash (she started her college career off with a win at #7 against Wellesley last year), handled Conn’s Jen Hyslip fairly easily 11-6, 11-9, 11-8.
Here is Clair paying her Division I GWU opponent, right before the Conn match:
Their second win came on Sunday morning against William Smith. Playing first, Oblamski set the tone, dispatching William Smith’s Alexa Comstock fairly in three straight games, 11-3, 11-7, 11-5. For the second consecutive time, Oliverio started by losing a tight first game, before imposing her game with her opponent, Victoria Scott, : 8-11, 11-9, 11-5, 3-11, 11-3.
Here is Meg playing her GWU opponent on Saturday:
Here is the Smith College Squash Team relaxing at the end of the weekend having played five (5!) matches in 24 hours! The team has been training since October 13th and has played more matches (11) than any other team in the U.S.A.! For more video from the weekend check out the team’s Twitter feed (“smithsquash”).
And here is Smith College Squash Coach Tim Bacon summarizing the Conn College match: