HARTFORD, Conn. -- Despite victories from Arnav Parikh '21 and Harith Khawaja '19, #24 ranked Amherst men's squash team dropped the opening match of the Summers Cup (C Division) bracket at the 2018 College Squash Association (CSA) Team Championships, hosted by Trinity College.
The Mammoths were topped 7-2 by #17 Dickinson, and will slide down to the consolation bracket where they will play the loser of Middlebury/Williams on Saturday at Loomis Chafee.
Khawaja defeated Hal Holappa 11-5, 11-3, 11-8 at the number three spot as the teams traded sets early on.
Dickinson first-year Alex Wattles earned the point in the sixth flight. He overcame a first set win by Reginald Brewster '21and held on the fourth to win, 3-1 (3-11, 11-7, 11-4, 13-11).
Parikh earned a hard-fought five-set victory over first-year Zachary Hollander in the nine spot, including a 14-12 marathon in the third, (11-7, 7-11, 12-14, 11-6, 8-11).
Tanay Murdia stretched the Dickinson lead to 4-2 with a 3-1 win in the number eight spot against Mateen Mills '20, (11-7, 9-11, 11-3, 11-9) and Finn Trimble (Whangarei, New Zealand/Whangarei) went 3-0 in the top flight against Terrence Wang '21 to clinch the match (11-8, 11-9, 11-9).
Sergio Martin held off a challenge from David Merkel '19 to win the fourth position (12-10, 11-4, 5-11, 13-11).
Osuman Imouro won the opening set for the Red Devils before Christopher Zimmerman '20 countered to take a 2-1 lead in the seventh flight. Imouro rallied to pull even, winning the third set, 11-9, and won the point, 11-3.
The Red Devils improve to 10-8 overall and advance to Saturday's semifinal to face the winner of #21-Middlebury and #20-Williams, at 5:30 pm.