Kelly reaches bracket championship at individual nationals
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Bates sophomore Myriam Kelly won both of her matches on Saturday in the First Round Consolation Bracket of Holleran Division (B Draw) play at CSA Individual Nationals, advancing to Sunday’s bracket championship match.
Kelly (Bronx, N.Y.), now Bates’ last player standing among three women and three men invited to the tournament, will play Sarah Loucks of Dartmouth Sunday at 10:45am in the bracket championship match.
The two-time Second Team All-NESCAC selection defeated Brigitte Tousignant of St. Lawrence on Saturday morning in the bracket quarterfinals by a convincing 3-1 (11-6, 6-11, 11-7, 11-5) score, moving on to play Melina Turk of Dartmouth in the bracket semifinals on Saturday afternoon. Kelly posted another 3-1 win over Turk, by roller-coaster 14-12, 5-11, 11-2, 12-10 decision.
Fellow Bates sophomore Chloe Mitchell (Chatham, N.J.) fell 3-0 (12-10, 11-8, 11-5) to Damindhi Udangawa of Drexel in the Round of 16 of the Second Round Consolation Bracket, finishing the tournament with a 1-2 record.
Two out of three Bates women’s squash players at the 2013 CSA Individual Nationals have lived to play another day, following first- and second-round action at the three-day tournament at Trinity College.
Bates’ lone player in the Ramsay Division, or A Draw, sophomore sensation Nessrine Ariffin (Penang, Malaysia) received a tough first-round draw in seventh-seeded Pamela Chua of Stanford, a 2012 First Team All-America selection. Chua prevailed over Bates’ 2012 Second Team All-American, Ariffin, in three games, 11-8, 11-8, 11-4. Ariffin moved on to the First Round Consolation Bracket, where she met Pia Trikha of Penn on Friday evening. Ariffin, who has missed two parts of the season due to injury, won the first game 11-8, but Trikha overcame her over the next three games for a 3-1 win.
In the Holleran Division, Mitchell won her first-round match against Rachel Newman of William Smith in a five-game slugfest, 12-10, 11-2. 9-11, 9-11, 11-9. She advanced to face Hallie Dewey of Princeton, who defeated Mitchell in five games, 11-5, 11-2, 11-5, sending the sophomore into the Second Round Consolation Bracket.
Meanwhile Kelly met Annie Ballaine in the first round of the Holleran Division, and Ballaine came out on top in three games, 11-7, 11-7, 11-5. Kelly moved to the First Round Consolation Bracket and faced Shaheen Madraswala of Mount Holyoke. Kelly stayed alive there with a three-game win over Madraswala, 11-8, 11-3, 11-9.