HANOVER, N.H. - Rachael Goh took out the fifth-seeded player yesterday, but could not match that result against the fourth-seeded Julie Cerullo of Princeton on Saturday. Nabilla Ariffin picked up one win in the consolation bracket, but dropped her second match of the day, eliminating her from the tournament. Annie Madeira lost her first consolation match in the Ramsay Division. Yarden Odinak was eliminated by teammate Pia Trikha; however, Trikha was eliminated in the following round. Courtney Jones is still alive in the Holleran Division after dropping her first match, but rebounding to keep her season alive win a consolation victory.
In her quarterfinal match with Cerullo, Goh engaged the fourth seed in an epic first game that finally came to end when Cerullo picked up her 20th point of the game, winning 20-18. That swung the momentum clearly in her favor and she took the last two games 11-4 and 11-7.
Ariffin rebounded in her second round consolation quarterfinal match, winning 3-1. Ariffin split the first two games, winning the first 11-6 and dropping the second 11-8. She then used consecutive 11-7 game victories to close out her match. However, she would endure her second loss of the tournament at the hands of Pamela Hathaway in three games. She took the first game to a tie-break, but fell 12-10 to go down early. Hathaway, who had been defeated by Goh on Friday, also took the next two games to move on.
Madeira also endured her second loss of the tournament with a 3-1 loss against Valeria Weins of Dartmouth. Weins picked up the first game, 13-11 and the second, 11-6 to get out in front early. Madeira brought the match back to within a game with her 11-9 victory in the third; however, Weins reversed the 11-9 score in her favor to take the fourth game along with the match.
Trikha had the unenviable task of taking out her own teammate in the first round consolation bracket, winning in three games. However, that would be her final victory as she fell in the next round, to Cecilia Cortes in three games (14-12, 11-6, 11-2).
In Holleran Division action, Jones kept her season alive after an early morning defeat in the Round of 16. Jones fell behind 2-0 early on, but showed her perseverance when she knotted the match at two games each. However, an 11-6 fifth-game defeat sent her to the consolation bracket. Bouncing back after the hard-fought loss, Jones won her third round consolation match in three games. She now advances to Sunday and a 10:40 court time.
On Sunday, all of the championship divisions will wrap up and the Individual Champions for both the men and women will be crowned. The Quakers are now hoping that they can have a couple players end their seasons on a positive note after a tough Saturday on the courts.