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Women's squash beats Williams in NESCAC semifinals

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Bates women's squash team will make its first appearance in the championship match of the NESCAC Women's Squash tournament's seven-year existence, following Saturday's 8-1 quarterfinal win over Bowdoin and 5-4 semifinal triumph over Williams.

Bates (17-4), seeded second in the tournament for the first time, won its sixth straight match in Saturday afternoon's quarterfinals by taking down seventh seed Bowdoin 8-1. The Bobcats won by a 3-0 score at six out of nine positions on the ladder: first-year star Nessrine Ariffin (Penang, Malaysia) at No. 1, fellow rookie standout Myriam Kelly (New York, N.Y.) at No. 3, sophomore Rakey Drammeh (New York, N.Y.) at No. 5, first-year Chloe Mitchell (Chatham, N.J.) at No. 6, junior Ali Bragg (Darien, Conn.) at No. 7 and first-year Lesea Bourke (Greenwich, Conn.) at No. 8.

The Bobcats earned their No. 2 seeding by toppling perennial conference runner-up Williams by a 7-2 score a month ago in Lewiston, their first win over the Ephs after 23 previous meetings. Bates made it two in a row over Williams on Saturday, this time by a 5-4 score. Ariffin and junior captain Cheri-Ann Parris (St. Philip, Barbados) both registered crucial 3-2 victories at the first and second spots on the ladder, respectively. Drammeh won 3-0 at No. 6, while Mitchell and Bourke both won by 3-1 scores at 7 and 9, respectively.

Bates faces Trinity for the second time this season on Sunday at 1:30pm on the Bantams' home court. Trinity won 8-1 at Bates on Nov. 20, with Ariffin gaining Bates' lone point at the No. 1 spot.

Bates 8, Bowdoin 1
Feb 4, 2012 at Trinity College

1. Nessrine Ariffin (BAT) def. Torey Lee (BOW) 11-6, 11-3, 11-3
2. Cheri-Ann Parris (BAT) def. Rachel Barnes (BOW) 1-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-1
3. Myriam Kelly (BAT) def. Alden Drake (BOW) 11-7, 11-6, 11-6
4. Samantha Matos (BAT) def. Monica Wlodarczyk (BOW) 8-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-6
5. Rakey Drammeh (BAT) def. Michaela Martin (BOW) 15-13, 12-10, 11-2
6. Chloe Mitchell (BAT) def. Elizabeth Schetman (BOW) 11-7, 11-5, 11-9
7. Ali Bragg (BAT) def. Bonnie Cao (BOW) 11-4, 11-8, 11-7
8. Lesea Bourke (BAT) def. Sara Wlodarczyk (BOW) 11-1, 11-6, 11-7
9. Christiana Whitcomb (BOW) def. Rokya Samake (BAT) 11-5, 11-6, 11-3

Bates 5, Williams 4
Feb 4, 2012 at Trinity College

1. Nessrine Ariffin (BAT) def. Courtney Bogle (WIL) 11-6, 9-11, 10-12, 11-7, 11-8
2. Cheri-Ann Parris (BAT) def. Alison Rubin (WIL) 8-11, 11-4, 11-7, 8-11, 11-4
3. Laura Henry (WIL) def. Myriam Kelly (BAT) 14-12, 11-7, 11-5
4. Alyssa Northrop (WIL) def. Samantha Matos (BAT) 8-11, 11-5, 11-9, 14-16, 11-5
5. Elly O'Naill (WIL) def. Ashley Brooks (BAT) 11-3, 11-3, 11-0
6. Rakey Drammeh (BAT) def. Caroline Sawin (WIL) 11-7, 11-7, 11-3
7. Chloe Mitchell (BAT) def. Hannah Kaemmer (WIL) 11-8, 11-3, 8-11, 11-4
8. Carolyn Kaemmer (WIL) def. Ali Bragg (BAT) 4-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9
9. Lesea Bourke (BAT) def. Mia Fry (WIL) 8-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-6
Exh. Rokya Samake (BAT) def. Eliana Saltzman (WIL) 11-6, 11-1, 11-3