NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Two out of three Bates women's squash players at the 2013 CSA Individual Nationals have lived to play another day, following first- and second-round action at the three-day tournament, hosted by Trinity College.
Bates' lone player in the Ramsay Division, or A Draw, sophomore sensation Nessrine Ariffin (Penang, Malaysia) received a tough first-round draw in seventh-seeded Pamela Chua of Stanford, a 2012 First Team All-America selection. Chua prevailed over Bates' 2012 Second Team All-American, Ariffin, in three games, 11-8, 11-8, 11-4. Ariffin moved on to the First Round Consolation Bracket, where she met Pia Trikha of Penn on Friday evening. Ariffin, who has missed two parts of the season due to injury, won the first game 11-8, but Trikha overcame her over the next three games for a 3-1 win.
In the Holleran Division (B Draw), sophomore Chloe Mitchell (Chatham, N.J.) won her first-round match against Rachel Newman of William Smith in a five-game slugfest, 12-10, 11-2. 9-11, 9-11, 11-9. She advanced to face Hallie Dewey of Princeton, who defeated Mitchell in five games, 11-5, 11-2, 11-5, sending the sophomore into the Second Round Consolation Bracket. Mitchell is due to face Damindhi Udangawa of Drexel in the bracket quarterfinals on Saturday morning.
Meanwhile sophomore Myriam Kelly (Bronx, N.Y.) met Annie Ballaine in the first round of the Holleran Division, and Ballaine came out on top in three games, 11-7, 11-7, 11-5. Kelly moved to the First Round Consolation Bracket and faced Shaheen Madraswala of Mount Holyoke. Kelly stayed alive there with a three-game win over Madraswala, 11-8, 11-3, 11-9. On Saturday morning Kelly is now to play Brigitte Tousignant of St. Lawrence in the bracket quarterfinals.