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CLINTON, NY – For the second time in as many years, the Amherst College men's squash team defeated Conn. College in the first round of the NESCAC Championships to advance to the quarterfinals. The seventh-seeded Jeffs earned a 7-2 win over the 10th-seeded Camels Friday night at the Little Squash Center on the campus of Hamilton College.
The Jeffs are now 5-8 overall with the win and will face second-seeded Bates tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. With the loss, Conn. College enters the consolation round and will square off against the loser of No. 6 Bowdoin against No. 11 Tufts at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Colgate University.
The top of the lineup performed very well for Amherst, earning wins from the No. 1 position down to the No.6 spot. Sophomore Noah Browne's impressive season continued Friday night, claiming a 3-0 sweep from the No. 1 position with wins of 11-3, 11-6 and 11-9. In the No. 2 spot, Scott DeSantis '15 edged John Sluder '14, 14-12 in the first game, before pulling away in sets three and four by scores of 11-3 and 11-4, respectively.
David Kerr '14 took the No. 3 spot, 3-1 (12-10, 11-5, 6-11, 11-3), while positions four through six all came from behind to win their respective matches. In the No. 4 spot, Alex Southmayd '15 fell 9-11 in the first game before rattling off three straight wins of 11-7, 12-10 and 11-7. Michael Groot '17 dropped the first set, 11-13 in the No. 5 position, but defeated his opponent 11-9 and 11-8 before pulling away 11-6 in the final game, and Darian Ehsani '17 fell 9-11 before claiming wins of 11-4, 11-6, and narrowly edging a 14-12 win in the last set.
After Amherst dropped two matches in five games, Thornton Ellis '16 picked up a win for the Jeffs in the No. 9 position. Ellis lost the first set, 9-11, but racked off three straight by scores of 11-7, 11-6 and 11-4.
Amherst returns to action tomorrow, Feb. 1, to face second-seeded Bates in the NESCAC Quarterfinals beginning at 10:30 a.m.