WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Kristen Lange, the No. 1 player on Penn's ladder and the second-ranked player in the country, reached the finals of the Collegiate Squash Association (CSA) Individual Championship before falling to top-ranked Nour Bahgat of Trinity, 3-1 (9-5;9-4;4-9;9-7).
Lange, who was a finalist the past two seasons, did not lose a game in this year's tournament leading up to the finals. Coming in as the No. 2 seed, Lange knocked off Trinity’s Pamela Jimenez in the first round of the tournament (9-3;9-0;9-2), followed by finishing off Emily Park of Harvard in three games (9-2, 9-1, 9-2). Lange surrendered just 10 points over the two matches. Langethen swept NirashaGurugeof Harvard in three straight 9-1 games in the quarterfinals. She guaranteed her spot in the final by defeating Toby Erye of Williams (9-3, 9-2, 9-2).
The finale served as Lange and Bahgat’s third meeting this season with Bahgat winning the two matches prior. Bahgat got out to an early lead in Sunday’s match as she took the first two games. This put Lange is a 2-0 deficit and forcing her to have to sweep three straight games to win. Lange did fight back to take the third game, but could not sustain the momentum as she narrowly dropped the fourth game, 9-7.
Teammate Alisha Turner, who played in the final of the consolation bracket, fell to Bethan Williams of Harvard (9-3;5-9;9-1;9-1).