As the No. 9 nationally ranked Bates women's squash team wended its way through a challenging road-trip weekend of matches, first-year standout Nessrine Ariffin further established herself as one of the premier women's squash players in the country.
The Bobcats went 1-2 in three matches played on three consecutive days in three different cities: they fell 8-1 to No. 6 Stanford at Yale on Friday night, then won 9-0 at No. 15 Amherst on Saturday. On Sunday they played at eighth-ranked Dartmouth, with the host Big Green hanging on to higher ranking with a convincing 8-1 win.
Ariffin (Penang, Malaysia), however, stayed undefeated as a collegian despite playing each opponent's No. 1 player, with a pair of grueling 3-2 outcomes sandwiching a relatively easy 3-0 win over her Amherst adversary. The first-year outfought Stanford's Kerrie Sample, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5, 7-11, 11-2, on Friday, then battled back from a 2-0 deficit to register a 9-11, 12-14, 11-9, 11-7, 12-10 win over Dartmouth's Corey Schafer on Sunday, moving her individual record to 9-0 on the year. Ariffin has represented the Bobcats' lone point in all three of their losses this season (to Trinity, Stanford and Dartmouth).