Captain's Update with Anne Holly-Camels Top Rival Mount Holyoke in Elm City

Captain's Update with Anne Holly-Camels Top Rival Mount Holyoke in Elm City
NEW HAVEN, Conn.--Connecticut College Women's Squash kicked off 2017 at Yale University against St. Lawrence University and Mount Holyoke College. 

The Camels pulled out a crucial 5-4 win over Mount Holyoke to propel them to 27th place in the national ranking. This was an important match as it was an opportunity to move up two spots thanks to three players returning from abroad. 

Phoebe Pliakas-Smith (Conway, Mass.) started the momentum off for the Camels with a 3-0 win against SLU and began the five game victorious battles at the number 10 spot. 

Freshmen Davis Lemay (Harwich Port, Mass.) and Margaret Davey (Groton, Mass.) moved up to the #3 & #4 spots respectively. Despite their losses, they posed a vicious threat and it is the start of a great future. 
 
Senior Captain Adrienne Sieverding (Red Hook, N.Y.) at the #2 spot is always a tough out and she proved that it will not be easy to win against her evidenced by pushing her MHC match to four games. 
 
Every week, Mawa Ballo (Harlem, N.Y.) goes against the best players in the world and at the #1 spot suffered a tough 3-2 loss to Mount Holyoke. 
 
Nina Nalle (Philadelphia, Pa.) was the lynchpin for our success. While out with an injury, she has a future in cheerleading. Our support of our teammates and cheering lead to a raucous energy in the waning hours of the afternoon allowing Conn to pull away with the W. 
 
As snow started to fall and I-95 began to ice, Allie Fuller (Providence, R.I.) and Anne Holly (York, Pa.) showed up to work ready to battle. Despite Allie's time in Australia, her experience showed in the #7 spot grabbing another Conn victory in five games. Senior captain Anne Holly, in the #5 spot, started off a seemingly doomed match down 0-8 in the first 20 seconds. She came back to have the lead 9-8 before falling 10-12 giving up the first game. The second game turned the momentum winning 11-8, winning the third 13-11, losing the fourth 5-11 and clinching the match for the team with a decisive 11-5 victory in the 5th game. 
 
Sophomore Jackie Chu (New York, N.Y.) proved that she is as tough as nails beating St. Lawrence University in the first game 13-11, before falling 11-8, 11-8, 11-8 at the #6 spot. She redeemed herself with a 3-2 victory over MHC. 
 
Senior captain Caroline Lippincott (Jamestown, R.I.) took home a victory helping the team win at the #8 spot. 
 
As always, Liz Varoli, (Katonah, N.Y.) provided the victory at the #9 spot securing the win. 
 
In the next week, CC Women's Squash will play nine matches. We expect you all to come out and support the #27th team in the country Thursday night at Conn as they have a good chance to overtake #25 Dickinson College. GO CAMELS!!!!!