MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – After their early exit from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship in the quarterfinals, the Amherst men's squash team claimed a 5-4 consolation match victory against Colby and took down Bowdoin in their second match 6-3 at the Bostwick Family Squash Center.
With the pair of wins, the Mammoths improve to 7-8 overall on the season and will compete at the CSA Team Championships on February 15th at Yale University. Colby dropped to 4-12 on the season after their loss to Amherst, then faced Tufts University where they lost 5-4. Bowdoin dropped 8-1 against Williams in their quarterfinal dual before taking the win against Tufts in their first consolation match.
Against Colby, all but two of the matches were settled in the fourth or fifth set. The Mules secured the top three spots with Elliot Gross claiming number one over Terrence Wang '21 by a score of 9-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-9.
Like Wang, Harith Khawaja '19 was able to steal a set off of his opponent (Alex Spafford), taking the second by an 11-6 margin. However, Spafford was resilient and posted 11-8, 11-9 wins in the third and fourth to take another win for the Mules.
Robinson Armour '22 prevailed against Colby foe Alexander Kurtin in a match that went the full length. Armour fell behind early when Kurtin claimed the first two sets 13-11 and 11-4. Armour answered with a dominating three set sweep to come from behind and secure the key victory for the Mammoths (11-13, 4-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-9).
David Merkel '19 and Christopher Zimmerman '20 were the only competitors on the day that routed their opponents in the first three sets. Merkel took on Ryan Santoro at number six, taking the first two sets 11-8 and 14-12 before limiting Santoro to just two points in the third. Zimmerman thwarted Tyler Burt by a score of 11-3, 11-5, 11-9 for his fifth victory on the season.
Against Bowdoin on Sunday, the Mammoths were able to post wins in the first four spots and swept three matches on the morning. Wang nabbed his first victory on the weekend at the one spot when he faced Ian Squiers, winning in the first three sets (11-6, 11-6, 11-8). Armour also swept his opponent at number four, limiting Carson Claar to less than four points in each set (11-3, 11-4, 11-2).
Mateen Mills '20 rounded out the unblemished performances on the day when he took on Ishaan George at number nine. George came close in the opening set when he fought to post eight points, however, Mills proved to be too much when he claimed the final two sets to mark another victory for the Purple & White (11-8, 11-2, 11-9).
Satya Butler posted an 11-2 opening set win against Khawaja, but ended up losing in the second by the same score line. Khawaja took the third set 11-3 before being edged 12-10 in the fourth, bringing things back to even and forcing a fifth set. Khawaja was able to secure the victory with a decisive 11-4 win.
Charlie Sutherby '22 and Merkel round out the wins for the Mammoths when they defeated their opponents Gannon Leech (9-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-4) and Tyler Shonrock (9-11, 11-3, 11-6, 12-10).