Jeffs Split Pair of Matches at Penn

January 20, 2001

PHILADELPHIA, PA - The Amherst College men's squash team devoured the appetizer but had trouble swallowing the main course at the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, sweeping the University of Rochester 9-0 before falling to the host Quakers by the same score later in the afternoon. 

The Jeffs barely broke a sweat against Rochester, surrendering just one game in nine matches. Top-seeded senior Captain Addison West (Haverford, PA) set the tone with a 3-0 (15-10, 15-6, 15-8) victory over Asad Abdullo, while sophomores Carlo Valdesolo (Andover, MA), David Bauer (Darien, CT) and John Holodnak (Wellesley, MA) manhandled Rochester's Josh Vinopour, Jay Ledbetter and Mike Strumpf. 

Meanwhile, fifth-seeded first-year phenom Asad Haque (Richmond Hill, Ontario) blanked Allen Fitzsimmons 15-13, 15-6, 15-6, senior Joseph Ebersole (Washington, DC) downed Dan Williford 15-7, 15-7, 15-3, sophomore Roger Boulay (Norfolk, MA) swept Dave Easerwarren 15-4, 15-4, 15-11, senior Sujay Desai (Avon, CT) routed Dave Appelman 15-4, 15-7 , 15-11 and junior juggernaut John Brody (Baltimore, MD) whitewashed Jon Black 15-9, 15-0, 15-3. 

Unfortunately, Amherst found a reversal of fortune against a red-hot Penn club - ranked 10th in the latest National Intercollegiate Squash Racquets Association poll - despite a valiant by its top three seeds. 

In what was inarguably the match of the day, West battled Penn number-one seed Peter Withstandley down to the wire in a marathon five-game affair before falling 15-12 in the deciding game. Valdesolo also pushed second-seeded Sam Miller to the limit after jumping out to an early 2-0 lead, while Bauer tested Quaker third-seed Roberto Kriete in a 3-2 loss. Penn swept the rest of the matches 3-0. 

The 16th ranked Jeffs moved to 3-2 with the split, as they prepare for home matches against Colby College (1 p.m.) and Brown University (5 p.m.) on Tuesday, Jan. 23.