Not overlooked, but perhaps slightly overshadowed by fellow rookie standout Nessrine Ariffin this season, Bates first-year Myriam Kelly (Bronx, N.Y.) seems to be getting better and better as the 2011-12 squash season has progressed. At last weekend's College Squash Association Women's Team Nationals at Harvard, Kelly underscored her emergence as a up-and-coming star, going unbeaten on the weekend.
Kelly breezed past Hamilton's Claire Corroon in the Kurtz Cup (B Division) quarterfinals on Friday, 3-0, in a 7-2 Bates win. Saturday's semifinals proved more challenging, as she got past Brown's Sarah Crosky 3-1 (12-10, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10), while the Bears upset the Bobcats 5-4 en route to the Kurtz championship. In Sunday's 3/4 playoff against Middlebury, a 6-3 setback for Bates, Kelly prevailed over the Panthers' Charlotte Dewey, 3-2 (5-11, 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-7).
Ariffin also went 3-0 on the weekend to raise her individual record in her rookie season to 22-2. She will attempt to become Bates' first CSA All-America selection since Aisha Shah '02 in 2002 this weekend at CSA Individual Nationals, to be held at Amherst.
Kelly sports a 19-8 individual record this season, including a 15-5 mark in 2012 and a 4-1 mark in her past five matches.