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No. 15 women's squash wins season opener 7-2 at No. 24 Bowdoin

Junior and two-time second team All-NESCAC selection Vicky Arjoon won 3-0 on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 to help Bates defeat Bowdoin 7-2 in the season opener for both teams. (File photo by Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The No. 15 nationally ranked Bates women's squash team got its season started on the right foot with a 7-2 victory on the road Friday night over No. 24 Bowdoin. 

Bates (1-0) was strong at the top, winning at the top four positions on the ladder. First-years Maeve O'Brien (Essex, Conn.) and Katie Manternach (Brooklyn, N.Y.) impressed in their collegiate debuts. O'Brien defeated Bowdoin's Alexa Horwitz 3-0 (11-3, 11-4, 11-8) at the No. 3 position while Manternach won 3-0 (1-3, 11-2, 11-2) at the No. 4 position over the Polar Bears' Natasha Belsky. 

Sophomore and 2016-17 First Team All-NESCAC selection Luca Polgar (Budapest, Hungary) had no problem at the No. 1 position, tallying a 3-0 (11-2, 11-4, 11-1) victory over Bowdoin's Lindsey Bindra. Meanwhile junior captain and two-time All-NESCAC selection Vicky Arjoon (Georgetown, Guyana) won 3-0 (11-6, 11-6, 11-3) at the No. 2 position over Tully Ross. 

Despite missing four players this fall, Bates showed off its depth with wins at the bottom of the ladder as well. At the No. 7 position, first-year Tiffany Cervantes (New Haven, Conn.) earned a 3-0 (11-3, 11-4, 13-11) win over Bowdoin's Hannah Cooke. Sophomores Nubia Beasley-Bartee (Chicago, Ill.) and Issy Hnat (Ridgewood, N.J.) picked up wins, with Hnat making her collegiate debut an exciting one, rallying from a game down to win 3-1 (9-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-5) at the No. 9 position. 

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday when they host No. 28 Connecticut College at noon. 

No. 15 Bates 7, No. 24 Bowdoin 2
Nov. 17, 2017 at Brunswick, Maine

1. Luca Polgar (B) def. Lindsey Bindra (BOW) 11-2, 11-4, 11-1
2. Vicky Arjoon (B) def. Tully Ross (BOW) 11-6, 11-6, 11-3
3. Maeve O'Brien (B) def. Alexa Horwitz (BOW) 11-3, 11-4, 11-8
4. Katie Manternach (B) def. Natasha Belsky (BOW) 11-3, 11-2, 11-2
5. Zoe Wood (BOW) def. Cata Robert (B) 11-6, 11-8, 11-9
6. Mariela Mendoza (BOW) def. Hannah Conner (B) 11-8, 11-9, 11-7
7. Tiffany Cervantes (B) def. Hannah Cooke (BOW) 11-3, 11-4, 13-11
8. Nubia Beasley-Bartee (B) def. Rose Warren (BOW) 11-3, 11-3, 11-4 
9. Issy Hnat (B) def. M. Ferrucci (BOW) 9-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-5