Giese, Champion Lead Jeffs Over Tufts|
December 8, 2000
AMHERST, MA - In a match that could have strong implications in the Women's Intercollegiate Squash Association rankings, Amherst College outlasted Tufts University 5-4 on Thursday night behind a pair of solid performances by senior Co-captains KC Giese and Vanessa Champion.
|Giese dominated 26th|
ranked Winnie So 3-0
Giese, the nation's 27th ranked player, dominated 26th ranked Winnie So 3-0 (9-5, 9-3, 9-2) in one of the evening's quickest and most decisive matches. Meanwhile Champion, who should also pierce the WISA top-30 with her strong play on Thursday, followed suit with a 3-1 (9-0, 3-9, 9-4, 9-0) win over Abi Cushman in a matchup of number-two seeds.
Amherst continued its dominance with a trio of wins in the middle of the draw. Third-seeded sophomore Tara Kenney blanked Anne Montesano 9-3, 6-6, 9-5, while number-four Katie Alburger swept Justine Kurland 9-1, 9-3, 10-9 and fifth-seeded Emily Stark topped Danae Filiotis 5-9, 9-3, 9-1, 9-2.
The rest of the evening belonged to Tufts, however, as the Jumbos rebounded to snatch all four remaining matches without dropping a game. Rounding out Thursday's action, Iffy Saeed routed Amherst's Mary Ford 9-3, 9-0, 9-5, Eileen Connors beat Somi Kim 9-6, 9-4, 9-6, Leigh Cheechio downed Cara Coscarelli 10-8, 9-2, 9-7 and Lani Radford topped Ann MacRae 9-3, 9-5, 9-4.
The Jeffs and Jumbos entered Thursday's tilt in a three-way tie with Bates College for the 12th spot in the latest WISA poll, released Dec. 4. Amherst improved to 2-0 with the win while Tufts fell to 5-2, dropping its second straight after falling at Brown on Sunday.
The Jeffs host fifth-ranked Yale University on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 4 p.m.