Diplomats Win Walker Cup

Diplomats Win Walker Cup

PRINCETON, N.J. – Franklin & Marshall's women's squash team entered this weekend's Howe Cup with the 17th ranking in the nation. After a 3-0 weekend, the Diplomats retained the ranking and claimed the Walker Cup, defeating Hamilton 5-4 in the C Division Finals.

The Diplomats (11-10) edged the Continentals (12-10) 5-4 for the second time this season. When the teams met in the regular season, it was an incredibly close match. Today was no different. F&M ultimately prevailed in a match that was characterized by energetic play and good sportsmanship on both sides.

Morgan Smith, Roxanna Mead, Sheena Suckoo, and Elizabeth Gatling each repeated with victories over Hamilton opponents, though only Smith and Mead faced the same Continental. Chelsea Ross avenged her 3-0 December loss to the Continental's Claire Corroon. Katie Barnes, who defeated Kelsey Bogle in five in the first meeting, fell to Danielle Forsyth this time around.

Gatling, Mead, and Suckoo all went 3-0 on the weekend. The rest of the lineup went 2-1.

Franklin & Marshall played its way through the tournament with a 9-0 win over Tufts (7-13) and a 7-2 victory over Bowdoin (7-15) in the semifinals. It was the second time this season that the Diplomats put the Polar Bears on ice. F&M won 8-1 the first time around. Bowdoin gained ground in the second position yesterday. Ross had beaten the Bears' Liz Warner in five during the first meeting. She fell in four to Warner on Saturday.

As a team, F&M closes the season at 11-10, marking the most wins since the 1996-97 team went 11-6. It is also the first time the Diplomats have finished above .500 since the 1996-97 season. The Diplomats return to action in two weeks at the individual championships.

#17 Franklin & Marshall 5, #18 Hamilton 4

Feb 20, 2011 at Princeton, N.J. (Jadwin Gym)

1. Morgan Smith (F&M) def. Amanda Thorman (HAMILTON) 11-9, 11-7, 11-7

2. Chelsea Ross (F&M) def. Claire Corroon (HAMILTON) 6-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-4

3. Roxanna Mead (F&M) def. Lelia Clifford-Ong (HAMILTON) 11-9, 11-8, 11-4

4. Danielle Forsyth (HAMILTON) def. Kathernie Barnes (F&M) 11-5, 11-8, 11-4

5. Sheena Suckoo (F&M) def. Kelsey Bogle (HAMILTON) 7-11, 17-19, 11-9, 11-9, 11-8

6. Hannah Coffin (HAMILTON) def. Gabby Robinson (F&M) 11-5, 11-3, 11-2

7. Elizabeth Gatling (F&M) def. Hillary Kolodner (HAMILTON) 7-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-2

8. Anne Edelstein (HAMILTON) def. Stephanie Tzarnas (F&M) 12-10, 8-11, 11-6, 11-9

9. Laura Russell (HAMILTON) def. Hannah Davis (F&M) 11-9, 11-6, 11-6

Exh. Aleka Woods (F&M) def. Annabel Prouty (HAMILTON) 11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9

Match Notes

  • Hamilton 12-10; National ranking #18
  • Franklin & Marshall 11-10; National ranking
  • #17 Diplomats win Howe Cup "C Division"; Walker Cup Trophy
  • F&M finishes 2010-2011 season ranked 17th in nation

 

#17 Franklin & Marshall 7, #20 Bowdoin 2

Feb 19, 2011 at Princeton, N.J. (Jadwin Gym)

1. Lauren Gesswein (BOWDOIN) def. Morgan Smith (F&M) 11-5, 11-4, 11-7

2. Liz Warner (BOWDOIN) def. Chelsea Ross (F&M) 11-9, 8-11, 11-4, 11-8

3. Roxanna Mead (F&M) def. Monica Wlodarczyk (BOWDOIN) 11-2, 11-4, 11-3

4. Kathernie Barnes (F&M) def. Liz Schetman (BOWDOIN) 11-9, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6

5. Sheena Suckoo (F&M) def. Bonnie Cao (BOWDOIN) 11-3, 11-5, 5-11, 11-5

6. Gabby Robinson (F&M) def. Alexandra Peacock (BOWDOIN) 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 12-10

7. Elizabeth Gatling (F&M) def. Christiana Whitcomb (BOWDOIN) 13-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6

8. Stephanie Tzarnas (F&M) def. Michaela Martin (BOWDOIN) 12-10, 11-9, 9-11, 11-4

9. Hannah Davis (F&M) def. Gretchen Williams (BOWDOIN) 8-11, 12-10, 11-4, 11-7

Exh. Aleka Woods (F&M) def. Louisa Cannell (BOWDOIN) 6-11, 11-9, 11-9, 10-12, 11-6

Match Notes

  • Bowdoin 7-15; National ranking #20
  • Franklin & Marshall 10-10; National ranking #17

 

#17 Franklin & Marshall 9, #24 Tufts 0

Feb 18, 2011 at Princeton, N.J. (Princeton - Dillon Gym)

1. Morgan Smith (F&M) def. Alix Michael (TUFTS) 11-7, 13-11, 11-6

2. Chelsea Ross (F&M) def. Valerie Koo (TUFTS) 18-16, 11-8, 11-8

3. Roxanna Mead (F&M) def. Marcedes Lee Barba (TUFTS) 11-7, 12-10, 11-6

4. Kathernie Barnes (F&M) def. Jessica Rubine (TUFTS) 13-3, 11-6, 11-3

5. Sheena Suckoo (F&M) def. Alyse Vinoski (TUFTS) 9-11, 11-8, 14-12, 11-6

6. Gabby Robinson (F&M) def. Ushashi Basu (TUFTS) 11-6, 11-4, 11-1

7. Elizabeth Gatling (F&M) def. Hafsa Chaudhry (TUFTS) 11-3, 11-4, 11-5

8. Stephanie Tzarnas (F&M) def. Risa Meyers (TUFTS) 11-3, 11-4, 11-5

9. Hannah Davis (F&M) def. Caitlin Doherty (TUFTS) 11-9, 13-11, 11-6

Exh. Aleka Woods (F&M) def. Chelsea Dickson (TUFTS) 11-2, 11-1, 11-6

Match Notes

  • Tufts 7-13; National ranking #24
  • Franklin & Marshall 9-10; National ranking #17