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Women's squash beats Hamilton in Kurtz Cup quarterfinal; Brown up next

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Bates women's squash team took the first step toward a fourth Kurtz Cup championship on Friday, defeating No. 15 Hamilton 7-2 in the quarterfinals of the bracket at the CSA Women's Team Nationals.

The Bobcats (19-6) will take on No. 11 Brown Saturday at 4pm at Harvard in the Kurtz Cup semifinals. No. 9 Middlebury and No. 12 Williams square off at the same time in the other semi.

With recently named All-NESCAC first-year Myriam Kelly (Bronx, N.Y.) out of Bates' lineup, sophomore Samantha Matos (Roslindale, Mass.) stepped into the No. 3 position and outfought Alyssa Bawden for a 3-2 (11-5, 4-11, 8-11, 11-8, 13-11) victory.

Bates received the remainder of its six points in three-set sweeps, beginning with recently named NESCAC Rookie of the Year, Nessrine Ariffin (Penang, Malaysia), at the No. 1 position. Junior captain and fellow First Team All-NESCAC awardee Cheri-Ann Parris (St. Philip, Barbados) won 3-0 at No. 2, sophomore Rakey Drammeh (New York, N.Y.) won 3-0 at No. 4, first-year Chloe Mitchell (Chatham, N.J.) won 3-0 at No. 6, and first-year Lesea Bourke (Greenwich, Conn.) won 3-0 at No. 8.

Bates 7, Hamilton 2
Feb. 24, 2012 at Harvard

1. Thorman, Amanda (H) def. by Ariffin, Nessrine (B) 11-4, 11-3, 11-3
2. Gray, Hilary M (H) def. by Parris, Cheri-Ann (B) 11-9, 11-5, 11-1
4. Bawden, Alyssa E (H) def. by Matos, Samantha (B) 11-5, 4-11, 8-11, 11-8, 13-11
5. Coffin, Hannah (H) def. by Drammeh, Rakey (B) 11-2, 11-7, 11-9
6. Bogle, Kelsey L (H) def. by Mitchell, Chloe (B) 11-5, 11-8, 11-7
7. Weisman, Isabelle E. (H) def. Bragg, Alison H (B) 11-4, 11-6, 5-11, 16-18, 11-6
8. Morris, Elizabeth T (H) def. by Bourke, Lesea (B) 11-7, 11-5, 11-6
9. Rogers, Katherine (H) def. Samake, Rokya (B) 11-5, 11-2, 11-6