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Women's squash falls to Dartmouth in Kurtz final

Cheri-Ann Parris '13 won 3-1 at the No. 2 position, earning Bates its lone point in the Kurtz Cup championship match against Dartmouth on Feb. 17, 2013. File photo by Michael Bradley/Bates College.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A memorable run through the CSA Women's Team Nationals ended Sunday in the Kurtz Cup finals, as the 15th-seeded Bobcats fell 8-1 to No. 9 Dartmouth.

Bates (8-13) earns the No. 10 final national ranking, the program's best since coming in 10th in 2007. Bates is also the second-ranked Division III team in the country, behind only Trinity, the national runner-up. The Bobcats reached the final despite entering the tournament with the No. 15 seeding, then upsetting No. 10 Williams 5-4 in the quarterfinals on Friday and beating No. 11 Middlebury in Saturday's semifinals.

Senior captain Cheri-Ann Parris (St. Philip, Barbados) earned Bates' lone point with her 3-1 (11-7, 13-15, 11-4, 11-6) victory over Melina Turk at the No. 2 position -- Parris's sixth straight individual win, moving her to 15-6 on the year.

Sophomore All-American Nessrine Ariffin (Penang, Malaysia) was one of three Bobcats who took a game in 3-1 setbacks to the Big Green, falling 11-7, 6-11, 12-10, 11-4 to Corey Schafer at No. 1. Sophomores Chloe Mitchell (Chatham, N.J.) and Lesea Bourke (Greenwich, Conn.) fell 3-1 at 4 and 5, respectively.

Bates will send players to the CSA Individual Nationals, taking place March 1-3 at Trinity College.

Dartmouth 8, Bates 1
Feb. 17, 2013 at Yale

1. Schafer, Corey N. (Dartmouth) def. Ariffin, Nessrine (Bates) 11-7, 6-11, 12-10, 11-4
2. Turk, Melina C (Dartmouth) def. by Parris, Cheri-Ann (Bates) 11-7, 13-15, 11-4, 11-6
3. Scott, Nina K. (Dartmouth) def. Kelly, Myriam (Bates) 11-9, 11-4, 11-5
4. Loucks, Sarah (Dartmouth) def. Mitchell, Chloe (Bates) 11-8, 5-11, 12-10, 12-10
5. Nimmo, Katherine (Dartmouth) def. Bourke, Lesea (Bates) 11-4, 8-11, 12-10, 11-8
6. Dewey, Victoria J (Dartmouth) def. Bragg, Alison H (Bates) 11-7, 11-4, 11-3
7. McKenzie, Lydie K. (Dartmouth) def. Williams, Lauren A. (Bates) 12-10, 11-9, 11-3
8. Darling, Helena S.D. (Dartmouth) def. Drammeh, Rakey (Bates) 11-6, 11-5, 11-4
9. Morris, Oona R (Dartmouth) def. Matos, Samantha (Bates) 11-7, 11-6, 11-6