The Hamilton College women’s squash team wrapped up three days of competition at the 2015 NESCAC Championship with a sixth-place finish on Sunday morning. The Continentals, the sixth seed in the 11-team tournament hosted by Williams College, lost 6-3 to fifth-seeded Amherst College in the fifth place match.

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Hamilton’s sixth-place finish marked the sixth time the program has finished that high. The Continentals matched their top performance with a fifth-place showing at last year’s championship, held at Hamilton’s Little Squash Center.

Hilary Gray ’15, Rachel Newman ’16 and Rafiatou Ouro-Aguy ’18 posted Hamilton’s wins against Amherst. Both Newman and Ouro-Aguy finished with a team-best three wins during the championship.

Newman swept her Amherst opponent at the second position to improve to 13-3 on the year and Ouro-Aguy, who’s now 15-5 this winter, was a 3-1 winner at the sixth position. Gray jumped out to a 2-1 lead at the first position and posted an 11-8 win in the decisive fifth game after her Amherst opponent tied the match.

The Continentals (13-7 overall) return to action on Friday, Feb. 13, when they travel to Harvard for the National Team Championships.

#17 Amherst 6, #18 Hamilton 3
1. Hilary Gray (HAM) def. Kim Krayacich (AMH) 12-10, 3-11, 13-11, 7-11, 11-8
2. Rachel Newman (HAM) def. Arielle Lehman (AMH) 11-6, 11-4, 11-8
3. Haley McAtee (AMH) def. Elizabeth Morris (HAM) 11-3, 11-9, 9-11, 12-10
4. Tiana Palmer-Poroner (AMH) def. Isabelle Weisman (HAM) 11-9, 4-11, 8-11,
13-11. 11-5
5. Ericka Robertson (AMH) def. Lindsay Arader (HAM) 11-6, 7-11, 14-12, 11-1
6. Rafiatou Ouro-Aguy (HAM) def. Taryn Clay (AMH) 11-7, 10-12, 11-5, 11-9
7. Meyha Sud (AMH) def. Haley Connor (HAM) 11-6, 11-6, 11-8
8. Khushy Aggarwal (AMH) Grace Munschauer (HAM) 11-9, 11-5, 11-4
9. Corri Johnson (AMH) def. Marina Hartnick (HAM) 5-11, 11-7, 13-11, 11-7

Match Notes:
Amherst 10-7; National ranking #17
Hamilton 13-7; National ranking #18

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