WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - No. 2 Kristen Lange defeated both her opponents on day two of Collegiate Squash Association (CSA)Individual Championships to advance to the finals of the Ramsay Division (A division). Lange will match-up against No. 1 Nour Bahgat of Trinity. Teammate Alisha Turner won both her matches in the consolation bracket of the Ramsay Division to advance to the finals where she will play Bethan Williams of HarvardSunday at 11 a.m.
Lange gave up just three points in her first match and seven in her second on day two of the tournament to advance into the final. Lange must now get through squash nemesis, No.1 Bahgat in the final to claim her first Individual title. Bahgat handed Lange her only loss during the regular season (5-9,9-3,6-9,9-4,9-1) and also defeated her during the Howe Cup (9-2, 9-7, 5-9, 9-6). Needless to say, Langehas avested interestin proving the old saying, "three is the magic number" correct on Sunday. Not only will this be the third meeting of the two top players, but this will be Kristen's third trip to the CSA Individuals, only to finish runner-up both times prior. The Junior Lange will look to use her familiarity of the finals to exploit Bahgat's inexperience as she is a freshmen.
Lange's road to the finals has not be overly challenging. She has defeated all of her opponents in three games. On day one (Friday), Lange cruised into the quarterfinals by downing 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. On day two (Saturday), Langeswept NirashaGurugeof Harvard in three straight 9-1 games, then topped Toby Erye of Williams (9-3, 9-2, 9-2).
Turner will be going to a final of her own on Sunday.Afterdropping her first to No. 16 Alia Aziz of Yale (9-5; 9-2; 9-5), putting her into the consolation draw of the Ramsay Division, Turner defeated Cornell’s Liza Stokes (9-5; 9-5; 9-5) to continue into the quarterfinals. On day two, Turner's opponents provided a little trouble, but she remained strong to defeat both. Afterfalling into a 2-0 deficit againstHannah Conant of Dartmouth, Turner turned the match around by capturing the final three games (3-9, 5-9, 9-1, 9-1, 9-7) to continue into the semifinals. In the semis, Turner downed Cornell's ShivangiParanjpe, 3-1, in her pursuit of a Sunday finale.