CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sixth-seeded Amherst College men's squash saw their 2020 Summers Cup (C Division) Championship run come to an end as third-seeded Middlebury posted a 6-3 decision over the Mammoths at the College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championships Friday night at Harvard University.
Dropping to the Panthers (8-10) for the third time this season, Amherst (8-9) is knocked out of the main draw and will compete in the semifinals of the consolation bracket tomorrow at 7 p.m. Middlebury will advance to the main draw semifinals where they will face Naval Academy.
Posting the same score line in their last outing with their NESCAC foe, the Mammoths were able to secure three straight-set victories over Middlebury. Kicking off at the top of the ladder, Robinson Armour limited Nick Bermingham to six points or fewer in the opening two sets before ending the match with an 11-9 decision in the third to post a dominant 3-0 win.
At #5, Terrence Wang '22 matched up against Nate Moll for three quick sets as the Mammoth opened with 11-5, 11-7 wins before Moll tallied 10 points in the third, but Wang clinched the pivotal point to win by two (12-10).
The final triumph for the Purple & White came at #9 when Reginald Brewster '21 downed Alex Stimpson for the second consecutive meeting, holding the Panther to four points or fewer in the first two sets before posting an 11-6 win in the third to a clinch the final straight-set victory.
Through five of the remaining six matches, Middlebury won 3-0 in each. The final bout came at #2 as Charlie Sutherby '22 was able to jump out to an early 1-0 lead against Will Cembalest, but the Mammoth was edged by two points in the next two sets before an 11-1 decision in the fourth cemented the advancement for Middlebury.