HANOVER, N.H. - Both Courtney Jones and Trevor McGuinness came into this weekend knowing that they each had the potential to advance deep into their respective tournaments. However, throughout the course of the championship weekend, both McGuinness and Jones suffered losses that sent them to the consolation brackets. Another thing that both players can now both lay claim to is ending their season on a high note after victories in their respective consolation brackets.
McGuinnes, playing in the Molloy Division, already knew that he was in the First Round Consolation Finals coming into the day. Having aleady won three in a row; he was not going to be undone on the final day of the season. McGuinness coasted to the victory, making it four consecutive wins after dropping his opening round match. From the start, McGuinness controlled the match. The only close game he played was in the second when he won 12-10. In the first and third games, he allowed just 11 cumulative points on his way to the 3-0 victory.
Jones sustained her only Holleran Division defeat later in the tournament, but ended the season with a victory nonetheless. She had to take two victories on Sunday to win her Third Round Consolation Finals. She not only got the two victories, she got them both without surrendering a game on Sunday. Jones surrendered 22 points in the consolation semi-final and just 20 more in the consolation final to end the season on a high note.
McGuinness, a junior, and Jones, a freshman, will both be back next season and will be counted upon to help their respective teams get to the next level. McGuinness looks to play a key role at the top of the ladder as three seniors ahead of him will all graduate this spring. The women's team will only lose one player in Annie Madeira, but Madeira has been a constant in the Quaker ladder since she arrived on campus four years ago. If the women are going to make a move up in the team rankings they will need everybody to continue to improve.