Jeffs Fall to Bates, Bowdoin

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DAY 1 RECAP

CLINTON, N.Y. - The seventh-seeded Amherst men's squash team fell to 5-10 on the season with a pair of losses to No. 2 Bates and No. 6 Bowdoin at the 2014 NESCAC Championships hosted by Hamilton College.

Opening the day with a 9-0 setback to the second-seeded Bobcats, the Jeffs closed out the second day of competition with a heartbreaking 5-4 loss to the sixth-seeded Polar Bears. Amherst will wrap up tournament play on Sunday, Feb. 2 with a 9 a.m. match against No. 8 Colby. The Jeffs upended the Mules (8-1) in the teams' only regular season showdown on Jan. 18.

Bates' Ahmed Abdel Khalek '16 made quick work of Noah Browne '16 in the first position, 3-0 (11-3, 11-4, 11-1), while Ahmed Sherif Hatata '17 dispatched of Scott DeSantis '15 in straight sets, 3-0 (11-6, 11-6, 11-9). Kristian Muldoon '14 also needed only three frames in his third position match against David Kerr '14, notching wins of 11-2, 11-7 and 11-9.

Dropping the first set of his fourth position match against Alex Southmayd '15, Nabil Saleem '15 took the next three sets, 11-8, 11-2 and 11-6. In the contest's most closely contested battle, Andy Cannon '15 edged out Michael Groot '17 in five sets. Tied at a frame apiece, Cannon took the third, 11-5. Groot rallied for a hard-fought 12-10 victory in the fourth, only to fall in the tiebreak, 11-4.

Caran Arora '16 and Darrius Campbell '17 swept Darian Ehsani '17 and Jeremy Van '17 in the sixth and seventh positions, respectively, while Niam Olumi '17 took down Rodrigo Miranda '14, 3-1 (11-7, 11-6, 7-11, 11-7). Carlos Ames '17 held his own at the bottom of the Bobcat lineup, taking care of Thornton Ellis, 3-0 (11-7, 11-2, 11-4).

Rebounding against Bowdoin, Browne notched a 3-2 (9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6) come-from-behind decision over Stephan Danyluk '14. Knotted at a set each, DeSantis took the final two of his second position matchup with Matt Cooper '16, 11-8 and 11-7. Kerr defeated Reid Wilson '14, 3-0 (11-4, 11-8, 11-8), while Southmayd overcame a first set loss to turn away Andrew Ward '15, 3-1 (7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 11-9).

With Amherst taking the first through fourth positions, Bowdoin roared back to life with victories in the middle and bottom of the order. Christian Dorff '17 handled Groot, 3-0 (11-7, 11-2, 11-8) in the fifth spot, while Max Bearse '15 narrowly edged out Darian Ehsani in five sets. Dropping the first two frames, Ehsani took the third and fourth sets by scores of 11-3 and 11-9, respectively, but would see his comeback bid fall short with an 11-6 loss in the tiebreak.

Ben Bristol '17 walked off with a 3-1 (11-2, 11-9, 3-11, 11-8) triumph over Van, while Will Winmill '14 downed Miranda, 3-0 (11-5, 11-5, 11-5). Cyrus Nassikas '17 took care of Ellis in the ninth slot, 3-0 (11-4, 12-10, 11-4).