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Middlebury upsets women's squash in regular-season finale

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Just when the Bates women's squash team may have believed it had a grip on its No. 9 national ranking, by virtue of two wins this season over No. 12 Williams and another over No. 10 Brown, No. 11 Middlebury stormed past the Bobcats by a 7-2 score on Saturday in the Bobcats' regular-season finale played at MIT.

First-year Nessrine Ariffin (Penang, Malaysia) won at the No. 1 position for the Bobcats (18-6), raising her individual record this season to 19-2. Sophomore Samantha Matos (New York, N.Y.) held off Kathryn Bostwick at No. 4 in a hotly contested 3-2 match, 7-11, 11-6, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9. First-year Lesea Bourke (Greenwich, Conn.) fell 3-2 at the No. 8 spot in a match that included one of the highest scores for a set in recent memory, 11-13, 11-9, 19-17, 8-11, 13-11.

Middlebury (11-8) edged Williams 5-4 last weekend to finish third in the NESCAC Championship.

Bates next competes at the College Squash Association Women's Team Nationals, to be played at Harvard beginning Feb. 23.

Middlebury 7, Bates 2
Feb. 11, 2012 at MIT

1. Ariffin, Nessrine (B) def. Laird, Elena L (M) 11-6, 11-4, 12-10
2. Parris, Cheri-Ann (B) def. by Jenkins, Abigail E. (M) 11-5, 7-11, 11-5 ,11-9
3. Kelly, Myriam (B) def. by Dewey, Charlotte (M) 12-10, 8-11, 11-5, 12-10
4. Matos, Samantha (B) def. Bostwick, Kathryn G. (M) 7-11, 11-6, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9
5. Drammeh, Rakey (B) def. by Wymard, Anne E. (M) 11-1, 10-12, 11-9, 11-6
6. Mitchell, Chloe (B) def. by Chen, Amanda C (M) 11-9, 8-11, 11-4, 11-6
7. Bragg, Alison H (B) def. by Hubbard, Molly C (M) 11-8, 11-9, 11-4
8. Bourke, Lesea (B) def. by Becker, Lindsay S. (M) 11-13, 11-9, 19-17, 8-11, 13-11
9. Samake, Rokya (B) def. by Ulrich, Anne F (M) 11-4, 11-0, 11-4
Exh. Betances, Sugeiry (B) def. by Dewey, Katie (M) 11-2, 11-3, 11-3