Boston, MA — Brown earned a hard fought 5-4 victory over Williams in the finals of the Kurtz Cup at the Women's National Team Championship at Harvard, capturing the championship in an incredible five game match that came down to tie-breakers. Brown, who finished ninth nationally, gained the finals with wins over Mt. Holyoke, 8-1, and Bates, 5-4.
The Kurtz Cup final between third-seeded Brown and number one-seeded Williams was close out of the gate. Williams won matches at number six and three, and sophomore Kathryn Yates won at #9 for the Bears. With Williams leading 2-1 going into the second round, the Ephs won another match at number two.
On the glass court, Williams earned a 3-0 win at number one. Brown was down 4-3 and would need to win the last two matches on court. At #4, Brown freshman Mina Shakarshy came back from 0-2 to win the third, and, after being 10-6 down and saving four match balls, pulled out a 12-10 win in the fourth to force a fifth game. She won 11-5 in the fifth, tying up the overall match score.
The match came down to the #7 contest between Williams' Hannah Kaemmer and Brown senior co-captain Erika Kohnen. Kaemmer won the first game 11-7, but the Bears' senior captain came back to win the second and third games. Kaemmer, however, wasn't done; she won a competitive fourth game 11-8.
The entire match came down to the fifth game, and Kaemmer and Kohnen were neck-and-neck throughout, pushing the game into tie-breakers. Kohnen finally pulled away to win the game 13-11 and was immediately surrounded by her joyous teammates.
(compiled from US Squash reports)