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Women's squash settles for fourth place in Kurtz Cup play at nationals

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Bates women's squash team fell 6-3 to Middlebury on Sunday in the Third-Place match of Kurtz Cup (B Division) play at the CSA Women's Team Nationals, thereby settling for 12th place in the final national standings.

The Bobcats finish the season 19-8, tying the 2006-07 and 2009-10 squads for the most victories in team history. Some team members will represent the Bobcats at CSA Individual Nationals next weekend at Amherst.

First-year phenom Nessrine Ariffin (Penang, Malaysia) again won in straight sets for Bates in the No. 1 match, raising her individual record this year to 21-2. Fellow All-NESCAC rookie Myriam Kelly (Bronx, N.Y.) won at the No. 3 position to also go 3-0 on the weekend, and sophomore Samantha Matos (Roslindale, Mass.) won 3-0 at No. 4.

Bates entered CSA Team Nationals ranked 10th overall and seeded second in the Kurtz Cup, while Middlebury (14-8) was ranked ninth nationally and seeded No. 1 in Kurtz play. Fifth-seeded Brown, which upset Bates in Saturday's semifinals by a 5-4 score, went on to beat Williams 6-3 in Sunday's final.

Middlebury 6, Bates 3
Feb. 26, 2012 at Harvard

1. Laird, Elena (M) def. by Ariffin, Nessrine (B) 11-8, 11-8, 11-8
2. Jenkins, Abigail (M) def. Parris, Cheri-Ann (B) 9-11, 14-12, 11-8, 11-4
3. Dewey, Charlotte (M) def. by Kelly, Myriam (B) 5-11, 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-7
4. Bostwick, Kathryn (M) def. by Matos, Samantha (B) 11-7, 11-6, 11-5
5. Wymard, Anne (M) def. Drammeh, Rakey (B) 11-5, 11-7, 11-4
6. Chen, Amanda (M) def. Mitchell, Chloe (B) 11-8, 11-7, 11-9
7. Hubbard, Molly (M) def. Bragg, Alison H (B) 11-4, 11-7, 10-12, 12-10
8. Becker, Lindsay (M) def. Bourke, Lesea (B) 11-7, 13-11, 11-6
9. Ulrich, Anne (M) def. Samake, Rokya (B) 11-0, 11-4, 11-3
Exh. Boillot, Alexandra (M) def. Betances, Sugeiry (B) 11-4, 11-5, 11-6