CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Competing in their closest match of their 2018-19 campaign, the Amherst men's squash team secured a 7-2 victory over Tufts University on Thursday afternoon at Harvard University.
Terrence Wang '21 opened the day for the Mammoths competing in the first spot against Raghav Kumar. Wang took the first set 11-8 but Kumar came back with the decisive 11-7 and 11-6 victory in the second and third. Going down one, Kumar was able to come back and win the final two sets by an 11-5 and 11-8 margin.
Charlie Sutherby '22 contended with Konrad Ladow in the second spot, only dropping the second set to take the second victory on the day for Amherst (11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 11-6). After a pair of sweeps from Harith Khawaja '19 and Robert Parker '21 in the fourth and fifth spot, the Mammoths suffered their first loss on the day at number six. Pavan Nagaraj '21 fought hard against William Dewire, winning the first and third set 11-9 and 13-11. However, Dewire posted wins in sets two, three and four to snatch one away from Amherst (9-11, 11-6, 11-13, 11-6, 11-9).
David Merkel '19 (11-5, 11-6, 11-8) and Christopher Zimmerman '20 (11-7, 11-8, 11-5) were able to down their opponents with ease before the Jumbos were able to notch their second, and final, win of the day at number 9. Reginald Brewster '21 fell short to Tufts Brett Raskopf, losing 11-9, 11-7, 11-4.
The Mammoths grab their second win on the season, improving to 2-2 overall. The Purple & White jump right back into action tomorrow when they host Middlebury College at 3:00 PM. Tufts (2-7) is set to travel back to Harvard for another match on January 13th, taking on Connecticut College beginning at 5:00 PM.