The William Smith College squash team, ranked 25th in the most recent College Squash Association rankings, edged No. 28 St. Lawrence 5-4 in a semifinal match of the Epps Cups this morning. Junior Anne Habecker clinched the victory for the Herons with a 3-2 win at No. 4.
William Smith, the top seed in the D Division of the CSA Team Championships, is now 9-11 overall. The Herons advanced to the Epps Cup championship match where they will face the No. 2 seed, Smith College tomorrow at 1 p.m.
The Saints picked up wins at the top three spots, and recorded a four-game win at No. 9. The Herons dominated at the middle of the ladder, picking up wins at Nos. 5-8. Junior Courtney Leous defeated Charlotte Edson at No. 5 11-4, 11-5, 11-8. Sophomore Ginny McDermott registered a 12-10, 11-4, 11-5 at No. 6, and senior Katie Riordan posted a 12-10, 11-8, 11-9 victory at No. 7. At No. 8, senior Sarah Cutts battled for a five-game win (4-11, 11-6, 4-11, 11-7, 11-0).
The overall score was tied 4-4 with the match at No. 4 remaining. St. Lawrence’s Kendall Harty won the first game 11-8, but Habecker came back to win the second 13-11 and followed with an 11-7 win in the third game. Harty won 11-4 in the next game to force a fifth game. Habecker posted an 11-6 win to put the Herons in the finals.