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Women's squash to face Amherst in first round of CSA Team Nationals

Samantha Matos '14 is part of a strong rookie class looking to help the Bates women's squash team finish strong at the CSA Team Nationals this weekend.

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates women's squash team has earned the 12th seed in this weekend's College Squash Association Team Nationals, to be held at Princeton University Friday through Sunday.

The Bobcats (13-10) will compete for the Kurtz Cup, the "B" Division for national seeds 9 through 16, and match up with 13th-seeded Amherst in the first round on Friday at 12:30 p.m., for the teams' third meeting of the season. Bates took 11th place at nationals last season.

Amherst (15-6) upset the Bobcats with a 6-3 win in Amherst on Jan. 15, but Bates evened the season series with a 6-3 win of its own on Feb. 5 in the NESCAC quarterfinals at Trinity. The pivotal matchups will be at numbers five, eight and nine, which Amherst won in the first meeting but Bates won in the second.

Bates' second-round opponent will be either No. 9 Brown or No. 16 George Washington, in a match to be played Saturday at 9 a.m. On the other side of the Kurtz bracket are No. 10 Middlebury, No. 11 Williams, No. 14 Columbia and No. 15 Mt. Holyoke.

Sophomore Cheri-Ann Parris (St. Philip, Barbados) leads a young and talented Bates team from the No. 1 position on the ladder. Parris sports a 13-7 individual record, tying for the best mark on the team with rookies Rakey Drammeh (New York, N.Y.) and Samantha Matos (New York, N.Y.). Senior captains Stephanie Cabot (Dover, Mass.) and Anna Hogeland (Williamstown, Mass.) have been as solid as usual, too -- Hogeland, in particular, has won five matches in a row.

Keep up with all the latest results at CSA Women's Team Nationals at http://collegesquashassociation.com/.