CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The top two seeds in the Kurtz Cup (B Division) of the 2012 CSA Women's Team Nationals will meet on Sunday, not for the Kurtz title but for third place. Second-seeded and No. 10 nationally ranked Bates fell 5-4 to No. 12 Brown on Saturday, while No. 11 Williams downed No. 9 Middlebury 6-3 in the other semi.
Bates (19-7) and Middlebury (13-8) will meet Sunday at 3pm to determine third place in the Kurtz Cup and the No. 11 final national ranking. On Feb. 11, the Panthers defeated the Bobcats 7-2 at MIT to supplant Bates as the ninth-ranked team in the country.
First-year student-athletes won three of Bates' four points in the match. Nessrine Ariffin (Penang, Malaysia) rose to 20-2 on the season with a 3-0 win over Dori Rahbar at the No. 1 position. Fellow All-NESCAC honoree Myriam Kelly (Bronx, N.Y.) won in four sets at the third position over Sarah Crosky, while Kelly's fellow rookie Lesea Bourke (Greenwich, Conn.) won in five sets at No. 8, over Sarah Beresford. Like Bourke, sophomore Rakey Drammeh (New York, N.Y.) came back from 2-1 down to win 3-2 at No. 5 over Katherine Elliott-Moskwa, posting 11-9 wins in the final two sets.
Sophomore Ashley Brooks (Roslindale, Mass.) was an injury scratch for the fifth straight match.
Brown avenged a 7-2 defeat to Bates in November, in a match also played at Harvard.
Brown 5, Bates 4
Feb. 25, 2012 at Harvard
1. Rahbar, Dori H. (Brown) def. by Ariffin, Nessrine (Bates) 11-3, 11-4 ,11-8
2. Domenick, Sarah (Brown) def. Parris, Cheri-Ann (Bates) 11-5, 11-4, 11-7
3. Crosky, Sarah (Brown) def. by Kelly, Myriam (Bates) 12-10, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10
4. Shakarshy, Mina (Brown) def. Matos, Samantha (Bates) 11-7, 12-10, 11-6
5. Elliott-Moskwa, Katherine (Brown) def. by Drammeh, Rakey (Bates) 12-10, 4-11, 3-11, 11-9, 11-9
6. Smith, Lydia (Brown) def. Mitchell, Chloe (Bates) 11-4, 8-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-5
7. Kohnen, Erika (Brown) def. Bragg,Alison H (Bates) 11-8, 11-9, 11-8
8. Beresford, Sarah (Brown) def. by Bourke, Lesea (Bates) 8-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-8, 11-4
9. Yates, Kathryn (Brown) def. Samake, Rokya (Bates) 11-3, 11-1, 11-2