HADLEY, Mass. -- Three members of the Bates women's squash team earned All-NESCAC honors on Thursday, as the New England Small College Athletic Conference named its All-Conference Women's Squash teams.
First-year Nessrine Ariffin (Penang, Malaysia) was named NESCAC Rookie of the Year in addition to First Team All-Conference, where she joined junior Cheri-Ann Parris (St. Philip, Barbados). First-year Myriam Kelly (Bronx, N.Y.), meanwhile, won Second Team All-NESCAC recognition.
Ariffin began her Bates career in style, winning her first 12 matches, en route to a sparkling 18-2 record at the No. 1 position on the ladder for the Bobcats, including a 1-1 mark against Trinity's Catalina Pelaez, who was named NESCAC Player of the Year for the second straight year today. In total, Ariffin went 6-1 against the other First Team All-NESCAC awardees.
Ariffin becomes Bates' second Rookie of the Year in the past three seasons, following Parris in 2010.
Parris (St. Philip, Barbados) earns her third First Team All-NESCAC honors. The team captain moved into the No. 2 spot after two years as Bates' No. 1, and she has racked up a 13-7 record individually, with wins against such highly-ranked opponents as Williams, Brown, Mount Holyoke, Frankin & Marshall, Hamilton and Bowdoin.
Playing mostly at the No. 3 position for Bates, Kelly has also enjoyed an outstanding rookie season, assembling a 16-7 record with key wins against opponents from Dartmouth, Williams, Mount Holyoke, Hamilton, Franklin & Marshall and Bowdoin.
The No. 10 nationally ranked Bobcats will vie for the program's fourth Kurtz Cup (B Division) title this weekend at Harvard. Bates plays No. 15 Hamilton in the division quarterfinals Friday at 4pm.