Boehner shines at Northeast Regional Tourney
By biconews On 29 Feb, 2000 At 05:00 AM | Categorized As Archives | With 0 Comments

By Rachel Ticktin
Guest Writer

This season, the members of Bryn Mawr’s badminton team have been working hard to prove themselves a force to be reckoned with.

Their performance at last Sunday’s Northeast Regional Tournament proved just that. The Mawrters (currently 4-2) traveled to Swarthmore Feb. 19-20 to participate in the annual Northeast Regional Tournament. These they competed against seven other teams, including Albright College, Howard University, William and Mary, UPenn, the University of Maryland, Swarthmore and Haverford. They returned home with fourth place overall.

In singles competition, Nicole Boehner, the team’s lone senior and co-captain, clinched the first place title from Albright’s Lauren Ernst in a dramatic comeback victory, winning the match in two sets (11-7, 13-10). This season’s long rivalry between Boehner and Ernst has been played out three times prior to this tournament, with the title for first place alternating back and forth between the two well-matched players. The title for first place currently resides in Boehner’s hands.

Bryn Mawr’s other singles players, Erin Dawson ’02, Alice Gugelmann ’03 and Rachel Ticktin ’02 each fell short in their first round of play, but continued to play well in the consolation rounds. Dawson, the team’s co-captain, won her next two matches, but was unable to seal a victory in the semifinal round, succumbing to her opponent from Howard University (11-21). Ticktin and Gugelmann both advanced to the second round in consolations but were stopped short of advancing to the semifinal round.

Bryn Mawr showed promising results in doubles play with the number one and two singles players, Boehner and Dawson, teaming up to defeat Haverford’s Cindy Ing and Monique Tsang in two straight sets (15-1, 15-2) only to fall short to Swarthmore’s dynamic duo, Siobhan Carty and Karen Lange, in a close third set tiebreaker round (15-3, 10-15, 15-8). Partners Rachel Ticktin ’02 and Jihean Lee ’02 pulled off an impressive victory against Albright College’s team of Andrea Dennis and Kristy Stutz in three sets (10-15, 15-4, 15-8), but lost to UPenn’s Lee and Nguyen in the quarterfinal round.

Bryn Mawr’s second doubles team, Botum Chhay ’02 and Alex Glanz-Berger ’02, also found themselves on the side of victory after defeating Albright’s Lewis and Roman (15-7, 17-15), but were stopped short in the quarterfinal round. Team newcomers Naomi Lim ’03 and Giao Le ’03 also played well, but were surpassed by the Howard team of Boldeau and Taylor.

In mixed doubles action, Nicole Boehner and her partner Ben Cheng of the University of Maryland won second place after falling short to the Howard team of Boldeau and Ogunseye in the championship round, while Ticktin and UPenn’s Liswan advanced to the semifinal round in consolation play.

By the end of the day-long event, the team was in good spirits as Boehner exited the gymnasium with two metals around her neck. Head coach, Natalie Butler, was pleased with her team’s performance.

“It was a long day, and for our first time in a major tournament, we did well, finishing in forth place overall. Nicole finished her senior year with not only a PAIAW championship, but now with a Northeast Regional championship as well…this gives us something positive to build on

for next year,” raved Coach Butler. As this badminton season comes to an end, preparing for the upcoming season is the next goal, and right now the season looks very promising.

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