Wang, Merkel Nab Wins in 7-2 Defeat Against Brown

Wang, Merkel Nab Wins in 7-2 Defeat Against Brown

AMHERST, Mass. – Terrence Wang '21 and David Merkel '19 were the only two Mammoths to grab wins as the Amherst men's squash team dropped 7-2 to Ivy League opponent Brown University on Wednesday afternoon at Davenport Squash Courts.

Wang secured his third victory on the season as the Mammoth was paired up against Grant Sterman at number one. Wang held Sterman to under five points through the first two sets, defeating the Bear 11-5, 11-3, 11-7.

Merkel went head-to-head against Nicholas Pitaro at number six, jumping out to an early lead with an 11-9 score in the first set. Pitaro was relentless in the second, coming back to grab a 15-13 win to bring things back to even. In the third, Merkel fought hard to run away with the 16-14 victory, continuing his momentum into the fourth to grab the Mammoths second and final win on the day (11-9, 13-15, 16-14, 11-5).

The story was all Brown from there on out, with the Bears sweeping the Mammoths in six out of the remaining seven matches played. Ben Caraballo (11-6, 11-2, 11-6) and Harrison Boyer (11-7, 11-6, 11-3) were able to hold Amherst to under seven points in each of their sets when they took on Reginald Brewster '21 and Pavan Nagaraj '21 at number five and eight.

At number three, Robinson Armour '22 snatched a set against Declan McCarthy in the third set (11-7). However, McCarthy won the first two sets and was able to finish strong with the 11-8 decision in the fourth (13-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8).

After dropping the first two sets, Harith Khawaja '19 pushed the envelope in the third against Philip Demeulenaere with eight points, but ultimately fell 13-11. Mateen Mills '20 was also swept by Blake 11-4, 11-9, 11-7 while Christopher Zimmerman '20 lost to William Glaser 13-11, 11-3, 11-9.

With the setback, Amherst moves to 3-4 on the season while the Bears improve to 3-4.

The Mammoths will return to action on Friday as they start day one of the annual Pioneer Valley Invitational, in partnership with Mount Holyoke College. The Purple & White will set their sights on Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on the first day, beginning at 6:00 PM. Brown University is set to face Middlebury College in their next competition on January 19th at Harvard University.