February 23, 2011

Brown Women’s Squash Wins Kurtz Cup

The Brown Women's squash team lifted the Kurtz Cup after defeating Williams, 6-3, in the final at Jadwyn Gym at the National Team Championship in Princeton, New Jersey. With the victory, Brown finished 9th in the nation.

The final was a thrilling contest between two teams who had met three weeks earlier. That match went to Brown by a narrow 5-4 score. 

The final score of Sunday's match was an improvement - but the fans and teams had been through a see-saw match. Williams were on the verge of going 3-0 up in the first round. Freshman Dori Rahbar #3 put up a valiant effort, but lost in a five game match, and junior Erika Kohnen #9 was defeated by an opponent who played composed and nearly error free squash. 

Junior Nikki Fadaifard #6 came through in five tense games to put one point on the board for the Bears.
The second round saw the Williams squad go 3-1 up with a win by their #8 against sophomore Kyla Harrington who, despite showing great determination, fell 3-2.

Brown's #2, sophomore Sarah Crosky, was in a battle, losing the fourth game 10-12 to level her match at 2-2.  Sarah was up 10-4 in the fifth - but lost 6 points in a row - only to win the next two to win 3-2. The Bears were back in it.

Almost immediately sophomore Lydia Smith #7 lost the first game, but then won three straight games, all very closely, to give the Bears a 4-3 advantage.
It was left to senior Carolyn Tilney #4, who lost her fourth game heavily, but played magnificently to win the fifth game and the fifth match for Brown. The final match was about to finish on court one, with freshman Sarah Domenick at #1. Sarah had lost 0-3 earlier in the season but this time pulled out a superb win a 3-1 to round off a memorable afternoon.

The Brown Bears will be represented by some of the team at the Individual Championships at Dartmouth the first weekend in March.

 
 

Brown University

 

Williams College

 

Winner's Score

Winner

 

1

Domenick,Sarah

 

Bogle,Courtney W.

 

11-7,11-9,8-11,11-8

Brown University

 

2

Crosky,Sarah

 

Henry,Laura E

 

6-11,11-7,11-3,10-12,12-10

Brown University

 

3

Rahbar,Dori H.

 

Rubin,Alli l

 

11-6,11-6,9-11,10-12,11-2

Williams College

 

4

Tilney,Carolyn

 

Northrop,Alyssa

 

8-11,11-8,11-7,3-11,11-6

Brown University

 

5

Scherl,Sophie

 

Kaemmer,Hannah M

 

11-5,11-8,13-11

Brown University

 

6

Fadaifard,Nikoo

 

Mannava,Kavitha

 

11-8,11-9,3-11,9-11,11-6

Brown University

 

7

Smith,Lydia C

 

Kaemmer,Carolyn S.

 

7-11,12-10,11-8,11-9

Brown University

 

8

Harrington,Kyla N

 

Cullen,Gibbs

 

4-11,11-5,11-5,11-9

Williams College

 

9

Kohnen,Erika D

 

Fry,Mia A

 

11-9,12-10,11-5

Williams College

 

10

Driansky,Leila

 

Not on roster

 

11-0,11-0,11-0

Brown University