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Jeffs Sweep Amherst Invitational
January 20, 2001

Katie Alburger '03
Katie Alburger '03 posted
a momemtum-shifting win
over St. Lawrence's Alex Rowland
AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College women's squash team hosted St. Lawrence University, Middlebury College and Mount Holyoke College in the Amherst Invitational Tournament on Friday and Saturday and swept all three matches. With the trio of wins, the Jeffs upped their record to 8-3, holding onto their number-12 ranking in the latest Women's Intercollegiate Squash Association Poll, released Dec. 4.

The Jeffs had to rely on success in the lower-seeded matches in their toughest test of the tournament - a 5-4 win over 15th ranked St. Lawrence on Friday night. The visiting Saints' top four seeds - Sarah Kriener, Gigs Tuten, Lilith Anderson and Consuelo Prerrepont - rolled through the upper part of the draw with a quadrant of 3-0 wins over Amherst's K.C. Giese (Ardmore, PA), Roopali Agarwal (Boxford, MA), Vanessa Champion (Philadelphia, PA) and Susanna Burke (St. Louis, MO).

However, the Jeffs rebounded with a 3-1 win by fourth-seeded sophomore Katie Alburger (Gladwyne, PA) over Alex Rowland (9-6, 2-9, 9-7, 9-3) and never looked back on the way to a 5-4 victory. In the remainder of the draw - all Amherst wins - first-year phenom Tara Kenney (West Chatham, MA) blanked Mary Hall 3-0 (9-5, 9-2, 9-5), junior Lindsey Synder (Narbeth, PA) outlasted Wendy Glawischig 3-1 (3-9, 9-2, 9-1, 9-0), newcomer Emily Stark (Roanoke, VA) swept Beth Graydon 3-0 (9-3, 9-6, 9-7) and junior Mary Ford (Altamont, NY) dismantled Jessie Davie 3-0 (9-3, 9-4, 9-0). As an exclamation point, steadily improving Amherst junior Cara Coscarelli (West Hartford, CT) whitewashed St. Lawrence's Amy Neidlinger 9-0, 9-0 and 9-0 in an exhibition match.

Buoyed by Friday night's comeback, the Jeffs burst out of the gates like thoroughbreds on Saturday and blanked both 11th ranked Middlebury and 24th ranked Mt. Holyoke 9-0. Giese, Agarwal, Champion and Burke rebounded with four convincing wins against Middlebury and swept every match against Mt. Holyoke, refusing to allow a game to the visiting Lyons.

The women's squash team returns to action, along with the Amherst men, on Tuesday, Jan. 23, hosting Colby College at 1 p.m. and Brown University at 5 p.m.