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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: March 2, 2010
NEW HAVEN, Conn. --- The Colby College women's squash team finished the season ranked 16th in the country and earned the College Squash Association's Most Improved Team Award at the National Team Championships this past weekend at Yale University.
Colby finished last year ranked 23rd in the country and moved up seven spots this year. The CSA Most Improved Team honor is new and the Mules are winners of the inaugural award (the men have given the award out for many years).
The Mules and head coach Sakhi Khan also were honored with the Chaffee Award, given to the team and coach who display great sportsmanship during the course of the season. The Mules also won the Chaffee Award in the 2006-07 season.
The Mules closed out the season with a tough 6-3 loss to Hamilton College in a match to decide who would finish 15th in the country. The Continentals won two 3-2 battles at the second and third spots.
Samantha Smith, who will head to the National Singles Championship for the second straight year, took a 3-2 win over Kelly Whipple in come-from-behind fashion. She won the final three games by 11-5, 11-8, and 11-5 scores. Smith and her brother, Harry, from the men's team will represent the Mules for the second straight year at the singles tourney at Trinity College this weekend. Samantha has a 16-9 record at the tough first position.
Kate Pistel ended her first squash season at Colby with a fine 18-7 record at the second position with a 2-1 weekend. Madeline Dufour ended up with the best record this season for the Mules at 19-6 playing the third and fourth spots. Jessica Kravetz had the other win against Hamilton.
Hamilton 6, Colby 3
1: Samantha Smith, C, d. Kelly Whipple, 3-2 (8-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-5); 2: Kate Pistel, C, d. Amanda Thorman, 3-0 (11-6, 11-7, 11-4); 3: Claire Corroon, H, d. Madeline Dufour, 3-2 (5-11, 4-11, 11-4, 15-13, 11-9); 4: Courtney Kollmer, H, d. Molly Parsons, 3-2 (12-10, 11-7, 10-12, 7-11, 12-10); 5: Kristen Rubin, H, d. Caroline Reaves, 3-1 (8-11, 11-8, 11-2, 11-6; 6: Jessica Kravetz, C, d. Anne Edelstein, 3-1 (8-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-2); 7: Alexis Lee, H, d. Kaeley Shepard, 3-0 (11-8, 11-8, 11-1); 8: Nina Platt, H, d. Jae Paik, 3-1 (10-12, 11-5, 11-7, 11-8); 9: Annabel Prouty, H, d. Alison Crevi, 3-0 (11-9, 11-7, 11-7)