Women's Squash Off To Flying Start With 8-1 Win Over Conn.|
November 29, 2000
AMHERST, MA - With an 8-1 win over visiting NESCAC rival Connecticut College in its season-opener on Wednesday, the Amherst College women's squash team may have established itself as the team to beat in New England this season.
11th year Head Coach Jackie Bagwell's troops sliced through the Camels like a hot knife through butter, dropping just six games on the evening and sweeping six of its nine matches 3-0.
First-year phenoms Tara Kenney (West Chatham, MA), Emily Stark (Roanoke, VA) and Somi Kim (Seoul, Korea) christened their collegiate careers with 3-0 shutout wins, while sophomores Roopali Agarwal (Boxford, MA) and Susanne Burke (St. Louis, MO), and senior Co-captain Vanessa Champion (Philadelphia, PA) followed suit.
In what turned out to be the match of the day, sophomore Katie Alburger (Gladwyne, PA) endured a marathon five-game affair to outlast Conn. College powerhouse Lindsey Burke 3-2, including a deciding game that featured seven lead changes. Senior Co-captain KC Giese (Ardmore, PA) also edged Conn.'s Allie Strawbridge 3-1 in the final match of the day.
The Jeffs hit the courts again on Thursday, Dec. 7 against NESCAC rival Tufts University at 7 p.m.