Thwak, plink, thwak, plink: such are the sounds of sonorous squash. The women's squash team yesterday experienced more "thwaks" than "plinks" as they downed Tufts, 7-1, in their season opener.
"We could have played a little better, but I can't complain too much about such a solid win," coach Paul Moses said after the match. "We had a touch of early-season nerves," he added.
Cat-like Becky Tung displayed a devastating assortment of shots in the number-one slot, trouncing Tuft's Laurie Gallagher 15-7, 15-4, 15-9. "I was just hitting deep, cutting off the ball and trying to keep her off balance." Tung said following her masterful performance.
Captain Jenny Stone proved equally impressive in the sixth position, allowing only 18 points over her brief 3-game sweep.
"I'm glad we're starting off the schedule with some relatively easy schools--it gives our younger players a chance to develop some confidence," Stone said while watching freshman Cynthia Stanton nail down a victory in the second spot.
"It was a nerve-wracking experience. But Paul's really helped me along--he's a miracle sent down by God to help me play squash," Stanton said after capping her 3- 1 triumph with several blistering winners.
Freshman Courtney Stimpson, the racquetwomen's third-ranked player, struggled to a 3-2 cliffhanger victory over Minnie Foster of Tufts. Player-manager Nell Foreman, Margo McGlade and Diddie Toulman all breezed to 3-0 conquests for the Crimson.
Ellie Cunningham absorbed a heart- breaking 3-2 loss, falling 15-13 in the decisive fifth game to Tufts' Pam Esserian.
"Hopefully we'll win in a more definitive manner against Bowdoin. We want to get used to-bearing down now so that we're ready for the real tests later in the season," Coach Moses added.