Men’s Squash NESCAC Championship Run Ends in Quarterfinals

Men’s Squash NESCAC Championship Run Ends in Quarterfinals

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The No. 5 seeded Amherst men's squash team saw their 2019 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) run come to an end in the quarterfinals at the hands of Bates by a score of 6-3 at the Bostwick Family Squash Center Saturday afternoon on the campus of Middlebury College.

The Mammoths end their regular season and post season conference action with a record of 5-8 overall and will set their sights on the CSA Team Championships and Individual Nationals. The team championships will be held at Yale University from February 15-17 while the individuals will be held at Brown University from March 1-3.

The Bobcats move to 9-6 overall this season and will advance to the semifinals to play Trinity this afternoon at 2:30 PM.

Bates came out strong in the opening, posting decisive wins in the sixth, eighth, and ninth spots. At number six, Coley Cannon refused to give up a set to David Merkel '19 even after a close finish in the second (14-12). Cannon took the first by a score of 11-4 before claiming the final set 11-8 to put the Bobcats on the board.

Reginald Brewster '21 matched up with McLeod Abbott at number eight where he was held to under three points in two out of the three sets played. Brewster's best opportunity came in the second when he put up seven points against the foe, but eventually fell for Bates second win on the day (11-3, 11-7, 11-3).

At number nine, Arnav Parikh '21 fell behind early when Dylan Muldoon snagged the first set 11-4. The Mammoth answered by posting an 11-5 victory in the second to bring things back to even. However, the Bobcat didn't let up as he was able to grab the final two sets to win 11-4, 5-11, 11-5, 11-9.

Charlie Sutherby '22 nabbed his sixth victory this season when he matched up against Omar Attia at number three. Sutherby dropped the first set 11-9 before he took the second in extras by a score of 14-12. Continuing his momentum, he narrowly posted wins in the final two sets (11-9, 12-10) to snag the first victory for the Mammoths on the day

After Sutherby's victory, Pavan Nagaraj '21 lost a hard fought match against Garon Rothenburg at number five. The dual went the full length with Nagaraj posting an 11-7 and 12-10 victory in the opening sets. Rothenburg came back to steal the second and third (11-8, 11-5) to force a fifth set. After a back and forth battle, and the match being tied at eight all, Rothenberg walked away with the Bobcats fourth victory on the day (7-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-5, 11-9).

The Mammoths fell in their next match as Benni McComish swept Christopher Zimmerman '20 in three sets. After an 11-4 loss in the opening set, Zimmerman came close in the second but was thwarted by a 12-10 margin. Up 2-0, McComish was able to secure the overall win for Bates when he posted an 11-9 score line in the third (11-4, 12-10, 11-9). 

Harith Khawaja '19 marked an impressive finish at number two when he defeated Mahmoud Yousry 11-9, 14-12, 7-11, 5-11, 12-10 for his seventh win this season. Robinson Armour had the best performance for the Mammoths on the day, sweeping Jesper Phillips in three sets at number four. Armour held Jesper to five in the first and then won the final two sets 11-8 respectively.

Wang rounds out the Amherst side in this quarterfinal match when he faced Graham Bonnell at number one. Wang was limited to seven points in the opening two sets and went on to fall to Bonnell after an 11-5 performance in the third (11-7, 11-7, 11-5).

The Purple & White will compete in the consolation match against Colby College this afternoon, beginning at 2:30 PM.