January 23, 2001
AMHERST, MA - For the second consecutive outing, the Amherst College men's squash team won its opener in a three-way match in convincing fashion before dropping the nightcap to an Ivy League opponent, downing Colby College 7-2 and falling to Brown University 8-1 at the Davenport Squash Courts on Tuesday.
The Jeffs posted similar results in a tri-match on Saturday with a 9-0 win over the University of Rochester and a 9-0 loss at the hands of the host Penn Quakers.
Amherst's win over Colby should improve its standing in the National Intercollegiate Squash Racquets Association rankings. The Jeffs, currently ranked 16th nationally, nearly shut out the 15th ranked White Mules and swept matches played among the top five seeds. Senior Captain Addison West (Haverford, PA) and sophomore Carlo Valdesolo (Andover, MA) continued their strong play with 3-0 wins over Michael Ames and Mike Natenshon, while sophomores David Bauer (Darien, CT) and John Holodnak (Wellesley, MA) and first-year Asad Haque (Richmond Hill, Ontario) each posted 3-1 victories against Robert Burton, Justin Ucko and Chris Reigeluth. Eighth and ninth seeds Roger Boulay (Norfolk, MA) and John Brody (Baltimore, MD) also blanked Colby's T.J. Hauser and Mike Sesko in the latter half of the draw.
One of Colby's two wins came by way of default when Amherst senior Leif-Erik Bohman (New Haven, CT) retired due to injury in the fourth game of his match against sixth-seed Todd Hunsdorfer. The other came in a five-game battle between Amherst sixth-seed Joseph Ebersole (Washington, DC) and Noah Charney, which Charney came from behind to win 11-15, 10-15, 15-4, 15-13 and 15-11.
In the loss to Brown, Valdesolo posted the lone Amherst win, 3-0, over number-two seed Rishal Sawhney. However, it was all Brown the rest of the way, as the Bears surrendered just five games in nine individual wins.
Amherst, now 4-3 on the season, returns to action this Thursday at Trinity College at 6 p.m.