AMHERST, Mass. -- The Amherst men's squash team celebrated the accomplishments of their senior class prior to their match on Sunday against Bates, falling to the Bobcats 7-2, after posting a split decision in their Saturday matches at the Little Three Championships when they blanked Wesleyan 9-0 and lost to Williams College by a score of 9-0.
SUNDAY (1/27/19) -- Bates
The Mammoths recognized seniors David Merkel '19, Harith Khawaja '19, Lucas Sheiner '19, and Rob Schwartz III '19 for their accomplishments over their years with the program. The Mammoths were able to post two wins on the day, claiming the first and fourth spots against Bates.
Terrence Wang '21 was matched up with Graham Bonnell at number one, making short work of his opponent to claim the first win on the day for the Mammoths with the 11-9, 11-9, 11-4 victory. Robinson Armour '22 followed right behind Wang at number four, sweeping Bobcat Jesper Phillips for the second and final win on the day for Amherst by a score of 11-6, 11-3, and 11-4. Khawaja pressed Mahmoud Yousry in the first set at the second spot, but fell 11-9 before Yousry ran away with the win for Bates (11-9, 11-3, 11-2).
Merkel clashed in his final regular season matchup against Coley Cannon at number six, stealing the second and third set by 11-8 and 11-9 marks. However, after a decisive 11-3 win in the first set, Cannon claimed the final two sets 11-4 and 13-11 for the win for the away side. Christopher Zimmerman '20 also pushed his match the full length when he snatched an 11-9 and 11-6 win in the second and third sets. Like Cannon, Benni McComish was able to claim the first, fourth, and fifth sets to take down Zimmerman (11-6, 9-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-4).
SATURDAY (1/26/19) – Wesleyan (Little Three Championships)
Out of all nine matches played against Wesleyan, the Mammoths only lost five sets combined and swept the first three sets in six of them to notch their fifth win on the season.
Wang led off at number one when he faced Sean Choi, noting the most promising opportunity for the Cardinals on the day. Choi looked strong in the opening set, posting an 11-5 victory before Wang answered with an 11-7 win in the second. Choi was able to nab the third (11-5) but Wang fought to snag the final two sets 11-7, 11-8 for the Mammoth victory.
Scott Ji also took Amherst's Arnav Parikh '21 to five sets after claiming the second and third 11-9, 11-8. However, Parikh proved to be too much as he opened with the 11-6 win before stealing the final two sets 11-5, 11-7.
Robinson Armour '22 limited William Bienstock to less than 5 points in each set to mark another victory for the Purple & White (11-4, 11-5, 11-4). Reginald Brewster '21 and Charlie Sutherby '22 took wins the number eight and three spots when they held their opponents Andrew Doucette and Josh Lane to under six points respectively. Brewster took the win 11-3, 11-6, 11-6 while Sutherby defeated Lane 11-6, 11-5, 11-2.
SATURDAY 1/26/19 – Williams (Little Three Championships)
In the second match of the Little Three Championships on Saturday, Williams was able to control the Mammoths and limiting them to only three set wins combined on the day. The greatest opportunity came at number four when Armour was taking on Jacob Bassil. Armour fell early by an 11-7 margin in the first but fought back to claim the second and the third sets 11-7, 11-6. In the fourth, Armour lost a heart wrenching 15-13 set before Means took the fifth, 11-6, for the Ephs victory.
Khawaja was set against Carl Shuck in the second spot where he stole the third set by a narrow 11-9 decision. However, Shuck posted a strong opening with 11-7 and 11-3 triumphs to lead 2-1 heading into the fourth set. After battling back and forth, Shuck prevailed with the 11-7 victory to thwart another Mammoth chance.
Parikh and Merkel both pressed the issue in their opening set against Ben Eisenberg and Krish Bhavnani, forcing their foes into extra points. However, Eisenberg was able to finalize the 12-10 set win over Parikh before posting 11-7 victories in the second and third. Merkel also fell to Bhavnani 14-12 in the first, and lost 11-6 in the final two sets for Bhavnani to snag another win for the Ephs.
After the weekend, the Mammoths conclude their regular season with a record of 5-7 and will set their sights on the NESCAC Championships (February 1-3) at Middlebury College.