PRINCETON, N.J.--Tri-Captains and Seniors Anne Holly, Caroline Lippincott and Adrienne Sieverding saved the best matches of their careers for their last college match ever; when their relatively young team loaded with (four First Years, one sophomore and three juniors) needed Holly's, Lippincott's and Sieverding's veteran, seasoned experience more than ever today. And that is exactly what they did as the Women of CC Squash beat #27th ranked Vassar 6-3 today.
After beating #31 ranked Northeastern University 7-2 the day before down in Princeton, N.J.; the team wanted and embraced the opportunity to get a rematch with Vassar, a team that had beaten Conn 7-2 in November in the first match of the season. Coach Childs could not have more proud and happy for the team, and especially the three seniors. This season could not have finished any better and in a more fitting way than the way it did. As when Coach Childs showed up on campus in the Fall of 2013 as the new coach, he took on the challenge of rebuilding the program with only one returning Varsity Top 9 player on campus and three First year players - - Anne, Adrienne and Caroline.
In Coach Childs' four year tenure, he said two of the most important wins over the course of these past four seasons came during the course of this season. Highlighted by a win over rival #22 ranked Wellesley in January, which was the highest ranked team victory for Conn Women's Squash in over seven seasons; and todays win at the CSA Nationals over higher ranked Vassar.
Senior Captain Lippincott, came back from 0-2, to win the next three games to take the match 3-2 to get Conn on the scoreboard as they were already in a hole - down 0-2 as Vassar started the afternoon with wins at the # 2 and #6 spots. Then the momentum took off as #2 Adrienne Sieverding won her match 3-0, then #5 Anne Holly won 3-1, Junior #8 Allie Fuller then won 3-0 (Fuller went an impressive 3-0 this weekend, and was such an important player this year as she finished another college season with a winning record!).
After two hours of play, the overall match score was now at 4-3; to give a small lead to as #1 Mawa Ballo, #3 Davis Lemay and #6 Jackie Chu came up against some very tough Vassar players that steadied Vassar's team for the time being. So now it was all coming down to the final two matches of the day and the season with First Year #4 Margaret Davey and Junior #7 Liz Varoli heading onto their courts at the same team to see which one could help Conn clinch the 5th win of the day to give Conn College the victory.
Also throughout the weekend #1 Mawa Ballo, Jackie Chu, Davis Lemay and Ashely Barry had some great wins to get us to today's match.
The team, parents and friends were feeling a nervous kind of quiet confidence as Varoli and Davey got their matches underway. As both Varoli and Davey have proved themselves as tough outs for other teams with their play this season.
Varoli (who over the weekend, garnered enough wins to make it her second consecutive season of having a winning record) has proved herself as a big time, clutch player coming through with many key match wins at important moments over the course of her career. As Davey and Varoli's matches went along it seemed like they were both going to bring home the victory as they each went up 2-0 and 2-1; but Vassar was not ready to give Conn the victory, as the Vassar players dug depend played some gritty squash to tie their matches with Varoli and Davey each at 2-2 apiece. As they each went on for their 5th and deciding games, they each pulled out their 5th set matches within minutes of each other to give Conn the overall Team win 6-3. Very fitting to share the glory as that was the Epitome of what this 2016 -2017 team was all about. The Teamwork, camaraderie and chemistry of this team was so, so special, and so enjoyable to be around. They fed off each other all year to have wins like these. What a wonderful, caring and determined group of talented young women in:
Mawa Ballo, Adrienne Sieverding, Davis Lemay, Margaret Davey, Anne Holly, Jackie Chu, Liz Varoli, Allie Fuller, Caroline Lippincott, Phoebe Pliakis-Smith, Ashley Barry and Nina Nalle
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