Two early defeats begin women’s squash season

Doug Hendry, Sports Editor

In its first games of the season, the women’s club squash team suffered two defeats in hard-fought battles. Despite losing 9-0 to Georgetown and 8-1 to Johns Hopkins on Nov. 15, one first-year shone bright on the court in her opening victory.

The first-career victory for Brittany Swanson ’18 came against Johns Hopkins. The Newtown Square native put in a strong performance to preserve a win out of the nine matches against the Blue Jays for the Orange and Blue.

“We had a much closer match with Hopkins, and I could see us doing well against them in the future. After the first game of the season, I felt pretty good … The matches were challenging, but I feel the team did their best and improved every game,” co-captain Abby Del Guercio ’17 said.

The Bison played both matches at Johns Hopkins and will have an opportunity to compete against Johns Hopkins again on Jan. 25 at the University of Virginia. As for this past weekend, it was still a strong showing to see how the team can compete thus early in the season, even with a few key pieces missing.

“We had some tough matches this weekend. We were missing our number two and number three players, so everyone really had to step up. While our scores weren’t great, I was very proud of how well everyone stepped up in the challenging matches,” Del Guercio said.

Co-captains Sarah Antonacci ’16 and Ana Kelly ’15 will need to guide this team during practice the rest of the season for the team to improve, and the next opportunity to showcase their team is coming close. The squad will face Hobart on Dec. 6 on the road.

“Throughout the season, our team needs to focus on taking control and playing our game consistently in every match, as well as just keep working on the basic skills to improve,” Del Guercio said.

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