AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst men's and women's squash teams swept the first three sets against Hamilton College in all but one match combined on day two of the Pioneer Valley Invitational, blanking the Continentals 9-0 respectively Saturday afternoon at Davenport Squash Courts. The Mammoths also celebrated their efforts of raising awareness and funds for local kids with cancer prior to the beginning of the matches (Vs. Cancer).
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Men's squash secured their fourth win on the season as they refused to give up a single set on the day. The closest opportunity for the Continental side came at number one where Callum Sondhi was battling Terrence Wang '21. After losing the first two sets 11-5 and 11-5, Sondhi fought hard in the third, but ended up just short as he fell to Wang 12-10.
At number five, Oliver Constable faced off against Pavan Nagaraj '21 where he was able to notch eight points in the first, but ultimately lost 11-8 before dropping the next two sets 11-7, 11-4. Rufus Somerby also posted seven points in his third set against Charlie Sutherby '22 but it wasn't enough as the Mammoth was able to maintain his sweep (11-2, 11-6, 11-7).
Besides the three Continentals, Amherst controlled all the matches and kept their opponents score to less than six points in the remaining six spots. Reginald Brewster '21 recorded a demanding win over Nick Randolph at number eight when he won 11-0, 11-3, 11-1. David Merkel '19 also had an impressive day when he grabbed his seventh triumph on the season, winning 11-2, 11-0, 11-3.
Christopher Zimmerman '20 managed an 11-5, 11-4, 11-3 feat over his opponent Will Nocito while Mateen Mills '20 graed an 11-2, 11-6, 11-0 win over John Buckley at number nine. Robinson Armour '22 (11-5, 11-4, 11-5) and Harith Khawaja '19 (11-6, 11-4, 11-6) round out the day for the men's side with victories at the third and fourth spots.
Men's squash moves to 4-5 on the season and are set to take on Wesleyan on January 19th, 2019 in their next matchup.
The women's squash team posted impressive finishes all across the board as they only gave up one set overall on the day. Caroline Conway '20 faced off against Charlotte Zionis to notch her first win on the season playing at the one spot with an 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 score line.
Ashira Mawji '21 had a demanding 11-2, 11-2, 11-3 victory at number nine against Jean Beecher while Katy Sabina Correia '20 held her opponent to under one point in all three sets at the exhibition spot. Priya Sinha '19 allowed her opponent, Madison Sakheim, just one point the first set of their match at numer eight. However, Sakheim challenged Sinha in the second but ultimately came up short 13-11. Sinha went on to finalize the win for the Mammoths with a 11-7 decision in the third.
Liesl Guenther was the sole Continental to grab a set win on the day against Riddhi Sampat '21 at number four. Sampat snagged 11-6 triumphs in the first two sets before Guenther stole the third 11-7. However, Sampat followed her 11-6 score lines into the fourth set, walking away with the victory for the Mammoth side.
Lilly Soroko '22 grabbed her sixth overall win on the season when she went up against Caitlin Stern at number three. Soroko held Stern to under four points in each set, nabbing the 11-4, 11-3, 11-4 decision for the Purple & White.
With the win, women's squash moves to 5-4 on the season and will set their sights on Wesleyan for their next competition on January 26th, 2019.
Due to the incoming weather, day three of the Pioneer Valley Invitational was cancelled to allow safe travels amongst the institutions that attended.