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Squash takes care of business against Tufts

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No. 6 Stanford squash swept No. 19 Tufts 9-0 on Wednesday afternoon in a triumphant return to its home courts. The Cardinal showed their depth and talent across the roster against the Jumbos, winning all nine individual matches in a well-rounded performance.

“Everyone played pretty well,” head coach Mark Talbott said. “I’m just really happy for the women’s team to have a home match.”

It was standing room only at the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation as the Cardinal defended home court for the first and only time this season. Supported by a lively crowd, Stanford dominated against an outmatched Tufts team and secured the win without dropping a single game. The win was a fitting sendoff for seniors Casey Wong, Chloe Chemtob, Julia Gillette and Sun Woo Lee, appearing in their final home games. “I’m especially happy that all four seniors won their matches,” Talbott added about the departing senior class. “It’s been great leadership this year. I think they’ve really done a good job of making it a really cohesive, friendly team, which is nice for the coaches.”

Though Stanford had not played a match since its trip to Philadelphia in November, there was little rust for the team coming off the winter break. “Everyone put in a lot of work in the holidays,” top-seeded sophomore Elena Wagenmans said. “We came here early and trained here for a few days so we could really focus on squash.” 

The Cardinal now look onward to two consecutive trips out east to play the remainder of their regular-season schedule. “This is the beginning of the heart of our season. We have some big matches coming up — New York City the next weekend, and Yale the following weekend after that,” Talbott said. “Everybody’s pretty healthy and excited.”

“This was a good warmup for the next two weekends,” Wagenmans said. “We’re going to have a really busy month.”

1’s: Elena Wagenmans (STAN) d. Claire Davidson (TUFTS) 11-2, 11-3, 11-1
2’s: Casey Wong (STAN) d. Isa Schneider (TUFTS) 11-7, 11-6, 11-3
3’s: Caroline Neave (STAN) d. Catherine Shanahan (TUFTS) 11-7, 11-3, 11-2
4’s: Chloe Chemtob (STAN) d. Megan Chen (TUFTS) 11-1, 11-4, 11-1
5’s: Amita Gondi (STAN) d. Diya Sanghi (TUFTS) 11-4, 11-3, 11-5
6’s: Cassandra Ong (STAN) d. Rachel Windreich (TUFTS) 11-3, 11-3, 11-4
7’s: Juliette Love (STAN) d. Chloe Kantor (TUFTS) 11-0, 11-4, 11-2
8’s: Samantha Moadel (STAN) d. Natalie Bartlett (TUFTS) 11-1, 11-2, 11-3
9’s: Haley Aube (STAN) d. Radhika Joshi (TUFTS) 11-1, 11-2, 11-1

Contact Daniel Wu at dwu21 ‘at’ stanford.edu.