Camel Men Climb Six Spots to #18 in CSA Ranking with 3-3 Weekend Women Post Second Victory of Season at Vassar

Hunter Bolling '14
Hunter Bolling '14
NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Connecticut College men's and women's squash teams enjoyed another successful week of action in the Nutmeg State. The men went 3-3 with solid wins against Colby and Bowdoin, both 6-3, and blanked Vassar 9-0. The only contests the Camels dropped were against #1 Trinity, #13 Brown and #17 George Washington, which was a narrow 5-4 setback. The men climbed six spots from 24 to #18 in the Dunlop Team Rankings from the beginning of the season. The Camels defeated Bates, Bowdoin, Wesleyan, and Colby to move up in the rankings. The women celebrated with a clutch victory against Vassar, holding on for the 5-4 decision. Caroline Sargent (Seattle, Wash.) battled back from down one game to win 3-1 in the deciding match. With the victory, the Camels climb one spot from #25 to #24 in the rankings. Hunter Bolling (Wilmington, Del.), a sophomore majoring in economics, who is also considering a second major in anthropology, commented on the men's squad's early season success: I really think the two main keys to our success are the addition of men's head coach Barry Ward and the strong play from our freshmen this year. In our opening weekend, we had three freshmen playing in the top nine, 6, 7, 9, and they went a combined 11-1 that weekend. Having them step up into the top nine and play in the bottom half of the ladder, which is the team's strength, and on top of that win consistently has keyed our success so far this season. Our team goals for the season were to move on from the Conroy Division, where we are three-time defending champions, and move up into the next division, and ideally make a move into the top 20 in the nation. During the opening weekend, we really made these goals happen by beating two top 20 teams, #16 Bates and #19 Wesleyan. Then, this past weekend, we defeated #18 Bowdoin, and #22 Colby.

December 8, 2011

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