AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 24 Amherst College men's squash team will compete in the Summers Cup (C Division) at the 2017 College Squash Association (CSA) Men's National Team Championships Friday-Sunday, February 17-19 hosted by Harvard University.
Amherst takes the court this weekend against No. 17 Middlebury College at 10 a.m. with the winner advancing to the semifinals of the Summers Cup Championship at 9 a.m. on Saturday, while the loser moves to the consolation semifinals at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The Purple & White enter weekend action with a 7-10 overall record, while the Panthers stand at 10-8 overall. Amherst and Middlebury met once earlier this season with the Panthers claiming a 9-0 win over the Purple & White at the Davenport Squash Courts on Jan. 11 to begin play in 2017.
Amherst is led by David Merkel '19 who has compiled an overall record of 10-6 so far this season which includes a 3-2 record against NESCAC foes in the Summers Cup field. Merkel twice defeated Colby's Elliot Gross from the third court, while he earned a split at number three with Williams' Will Means.
First-years Christopher Zimmerman, Mateen Mills and Mitch Ford have also had a stellar impact for the Purple & White, as all three have appeared in all 17 matches and turned in respective records of 6-11, 8-9 and 8-9 this season.
The Summers Cup field is comprised of four NESCAC schools including No. 17 Middlebury, No. 18 Williams College, No. 23 Colby College, and No. 24 Amherst. So far in 2016-17 the Purple & White are 0-5 against their league rivals.
1.) Harith Khawaja '19 (5-11)
2.) Michael Groot '17 (5-12)
3.) David Merkel '19 (10-6)
4.) Cameron Bahadori '18 (8-9)
5.) Darian Ehsani '17 (7-8)
6.) Lucas Sheiner '19 (6-10)
7.) Christopher Zimmerman '20 (6-11)
8.) Mateen Mills '20 (8-9)
9.) Mitch Ford '20 (8-9)
10.) Ian Petty '19 (2-0)
11.) Rob Schwartz III '19 (1-0)