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Four Bobcats fare well at CSA Individual Nationals





AMHERST, Mass. — Bates' squash teams' successful run in the College Squash Association Individual Nationals came to a close on Sunday at Amherst College.

Bates first-year Myriam Kelly (Bronx, N.Y.) played in the Holleran Division (B Draw) Second Round Consolation semifinals on Sunday against Rachel Au of Cornell in the bracket semifinals, and Au was the one who advanced to the bracket final, defeating Kelly 3-0 (11-6, 11-7, 11-8).

In Friday and Saturday's action at the tournament, for both the Bates men's and women's teams:

Bates first-year Nessrine Ariffin (Penang, Malaysia) advanced to the Round of 16 in Ramsay Division (Women's A Draw) play on Friday at College Squash Association Individual Nationals, before battling out a close 3-2 loss to the third-seeded player in the country, Harvard's Laura Gemmell.

Ariffin got past Nicole Bunyan, Princeton's No. 3 player, by a 3-1 (11-3, 12-10, 9-11, 11-9) score in the opening round of Ramsay Division (A Draw) play, to advance to the Round of 16. The win earned Ariffin a showdown with Gemmell Friday evening, with the national champion Crimson's No. 2 player prevailing 3-2 (11-13, 11-7, 11-13, 11-8, 11-8). Ariffin’s win over Bunyan, however, may ultimately make her Bates’ first All-American women’s squash player since Aisha Shah ’02.

On Saturday Ariffin then played against Cornell's No. 1 player, Danielle Letourneau, on Saturday in the Second Round Consolation quarterfinals. On Feb. 4, Letourneau dealt Ariffin one of the two losses suffered through all of the regular season by first-year sensation, 3-1 (9-11, 11-6, 16-14, 11-2). Letourneau got the better of Ariffin again in the match, spotting the Bobcat the first set before battling out a win in the second set en route to a 3-1 (6-11, 14-12, 11-7, 11-3) victory. Ariffin finishes the year with a 23-4 individual record, with half of her losses coming at the hands of Letourneau.

Making her second appearance in as many years at Individual Nationals, sophomore Samantha Matos (New York, N.Y.) won her first two matches in Holleran Division (B Draw) play, first defeating Brigitte Tousignant of St. Lawrence 3-1 (11-6, 11-8, 3-11, 11-6), then advancing into the Round of 16 with a 3-0 (11-8, 11-8, 11-9) win over Kathryn Brummer of Mount Holyoke. Matos moved on to face Alexandra Lunt of Princeton, who dealt Matos her first loss of the tournament, 3-0 (11-4, 11-4, 11-8).

Kelly posted two wins on Saturday to earn her match on Sunday against Au. In the morning, she defeated Alisha Maity of Columbia 3-2 (11-8, 4-11, 2-11, 11-6, 11-9) before coasting past Aditi Mailiwal of Stanford, 3-0 (11-9, 11-3, 11-4).  On Friday, Kelly won her opening match in the Holleran Division, coasting past Rosemary O’Connor of Wellesley 3-0 (11-4, 11-7, 11-5). Kelly moved on to face Issey Norman-Ross of Yale in the Round of 16, with Norman-Ross prevailing in a close 3-0 match (12-10, 11-9, 11-8).

In the opening round of men’s Molloy Cup (B Draw) play, senior men’s team captain Bobby Burns (Greenwich, Conn.) fell to Wesleyan’s John Steele 3-0 (11-6, 11-3, 11-4), moving into the First Round Consolation Bracket to face Ithaca’s Bradley Kolodner, whom Burns coasted past in a 3-0 rout (11-3, 11-4, 11-3). Burns moved on to face Martin Prentice of Denison on Saturday in the First Consolation Quarterfinals and earned the final win of his college career against Prentice, 3-1 (7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6), before falling to Bowdoin's Barrett Takesian 3-1 (11-4, 11-8, 4-11, 12-10) in the bracket semifinals.