New-look women's squash falls to Stanford and Brown, tops Wesleyan

Lauren Williams defeated her opponent at No. 7 as Bates topped Wesleyan on Nov. 21, 2015 at Harvard. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The No. 15 nationally ranked Bates women's squash team, fielding first-year players at the top five positions on the ladder, lost to No. 9 Stanford 9-0 and No. 11 Brown 8-1 before rebounding with a 6-3 win over No. 22 Wesleyan over its opening weekend at the Boston Round Robin, hosted by Harvard.

First-year Kristyna Alexova (Boskovice, Czech Republic) played at No. 1 for the Bobcats and opened with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Stanford's Madeleine Gill on Friday night. Alexova earned Bates' lone point in Saturday's loss to Brown, defeating Quincy Beck 3-1, then surrendered a 3-0 decision to Wesleyan's Laila Samy.

Bates had Vicky Arjoon (Georgetown, Guyana) playing at No. 2, Katie Bull (Sudbury, Mass.) at No. 3, Molly Brooks (Charlottesville, Va.) at No. 4 and Natalie Pearson (Ridgewood, N.J.) at No. 5. Both Arjoon and Bull picked up 3-0 wins against their Wesleyan counterparts, Liza Bayless and Bridget Doherty, setting the tone in Bates' victory. 

Two returners to the team, sophomore Blair Weintraub (New York, N.Y.) and senior captain Lauren Williams (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe), won in straight sets at 6 and 7, respectively. A pair of newcomers, first-year Hannah Conner (Groton, Mass.) and sophomore Cata Robert (Greenwich, Conn.), also won in straight sets at 8 and 9 to help clinch Bates' victory.

Bates plays at rival and 18th-ranked Bowdoin on Friday, Dec. 4, at 6pm, before hosting No. 2 Trinity on Saturday, Dec. 5 at noon.

Stanford 9, Bates 0
Nov. 20, 2015 at Harvard


1. Madeleine Gill (S) def. Kristyna Alexova (B) 11-5, 11-1, 11-6
2. Sarah Bell (S) def. Vicky Arjoon (B) 11-7, 11-3, 11-6
3. Tara Shannon (S) def. Katie Bull (B) 11-3, 11-4, 11-6
4. Zandra Ho (S) def. Molly Brooks (B) 11-5, 11-1, 11-2
5. Christina Huchro (S) def. Natalie Pearson (B) 11-4, 11-3, 11-4
6. Anna Marie Manning (S) def. Blair Weintraub (B) 11-1, 11-1, 11-6
7. Tatyanna Dadabbo (S) def. Lauren Williams (B) 11-3, 11-2, 11-8
8. Grayson Melby (S) def. Hannah Conner (B) 11-6, 11-3, 11-2
9. Sarah Haig (S) def. Cata Robertt (B) 11-3, 11-2, 11-1

Brown 8, Bates 1
Nov. 21, 2015 at Harvard


1. Kristyna Alexova (Bates) def. Quincy Beck (Brown) 11-6, 2-11, 11-9, 11-3
2. Skylar Murphy (Brown) def. Vicky Arjoon (Bates) 11-2, 11-8, 11-9
3. Isabel Scherl (Brown) def. Katie Bull (Bates) 11-7, 11-5, 11-2
4. Katrina Northrop (Brown) def. Molly Brooks (Bates) 11-4, 11-7, 11-2
5. Emily Richmond (Brown) def. Natalie Pearson (Bates) 11-0, 11-2, 11-4
6. Isabel Pitaro (Brown) def. Blair Weintraub (Bates) 11-1, 11-7, 11-2
7. Purvi Goel (Brown) def. Lauren Williams (Bates) 11-9, 11-7, 11-7
8. Megha Poddar (Brown) def. Hannah Conner (Bates) 11-5, 11-4, 11-5
9. Katherine Pisani (Brown) def. Cata Robert (Bates) 11-2, 11-4, 11-6

Bates 6, Wesleyan 3
Nov. 21, 2015 at Harvard


1. Laila Samy (W) def. Kristyna Alexova (B) 11-6, 11-3, 11-7
2. Vicky Arjoon (B) def. Liza Bayless (W) 11-5, 11-5, 11-6
3. Katie Bull (B) def. Bridget Doherty (W) 11-6, 11-2, 11-5
4. Tatum Leclair (W) def. Molly Brooks (B) 11-9, 11-13, 11-6, 11-8
5. Unknown (W) def. Natalie Pearson (B) 11-8, 5-11, 11-4, 11-5
6. Blair Weintraub (B) def. Unknown (W) 11-9, 11-5, 11-1
7. Lauren Williams (B) def. Unknown (W) 11-2, 11-3, 11-3
8. Hannah Conner (B) def. Unknown (W) 11-3, 11-3, 11-3
9. Cata Robert (B) def. Unknown (W) 11-3, 11-9, 11-3