New Haven, Conn. - Brown's women's squash team stepped up to the A division of the CSA National Team Championship and finished eighth in the nation at the Howe Cup. After dropping 9-0 decisions to #1 Princeton and #5 Yale, the Bears wrapped up their season on Sunday vs. Stanford playing for the 7/8 National ranking.
The 9-0 loss to Stanford did not reflect how well the team played in their final match of the 2012-2013 season.
The bottom three matches with freshman Skylar Murphy (Greenwich, CT), senior Sarah Beresford (Barrington, RI) and freshman Emily Richmond (Toronto, Ontario) all went to five games and each match was in the balance until the last ball was struck. Freshman Isabel Pitaro (Brooklyn, NY) at #6 also won a game too. The team throughout the weekend was focused and determined to play to the best of the their ability and on the whole they left New Haven feeling that they had accomplished that goal.
Junior Dori Rahbar (Newton, MA) played three strong matches in the #1 spot using footwork and quick swings to put her opponents off balance. Junior Sarah Domenick (Philadelphia, PA) took the second seed, but came out with similar results.
Sophomore Mina Shakarshy (Margate, NJ), senior Sarah Crosky (Williamstown, MA), and sophomore Katherine Elliott-Moskwa (Princeton, NJ), playing in the third, fourth and fifth seeds respectively, also turned in solid performances. Shakarshy played with a lot of passion, even though she lost all three matches 3-0. Crosky used her four years of college experience to send her Yale opponent into 5 sets, taking the second 11-8, and the third 11-7. Moskwa stayed on her toes throughout the match, but also went down 3-0.
The National Collegiate Individuals are at Trinity, March 1-3, and Brown will have representation at this event.