AMHERST, Mass. – Yale University, ranked in the top ten in the country in both men's and women's squash, was too much for hosts Amherst College, handing the Mammoths 9-0 defeats on both sides on Sunday morning at Davenport Courts.
Both men's and women's squash for Amherst drop their first match of the year, with each team now sitting at 4-1 overall. The Bulldog women, ranked #6 in the country, and the No. 8 ranked men, each improve to 4-0 on the season.
The Mammoths hit the road for the first time this season, as they will next travel to Middlebury for a 1:00 pm match on Wednesday.
Men's Squash: Yale 9, Amherst 0
Amherst pushed Yale to four sets at the #1 and #3 spots, and saw many positions battle well against a talented Bulldogs lineup.
Terrence Wang '21 went toe to toe with Arjun Kochar at the top spot, and Wang earned an 11-7 win in the opening game before Kochar bounced back with three straight wins of 11-8, 11-7, and 11-4.
At number three, David Merkel '19 fell behind 11-4 and 11-9, but took game three against Pierson Broadwater 11-7 before Broadwater sealed the match off by an identical scoreline.
Mitchell Ford '20 also took Jonathan Kovac to four sets at #10, falling 11-3, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4.
Rob Parker '21 fought Hamson Gill to an 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 defeat at #2, while Harith Khawaja '19 was incredibly competitive against Thomas Kingshott, despite a three set sweep by the Yale #4 player (11-9, 11-9, 13-11).
Other close matches saw Mateen Mills '20 falling to James Losty 11-7, 11-9, 11-5 at the #8 spot, and Arnav Parikh '21 dropping an 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 decision to Jacob Rhee at #9.
Women's Squash: Yale 9, Amherst 0
The Bulldogs took each match in straight sets from positions 1-10, though Jenna Finkelstein '20 pushed her opponent to a five-set thriller in an exhibition match. Finkelstein took the first two sets 11-9 and 12-10, but saw Jessica Yacobucci come from behind with 12-10, 11-8 and 11-6 victories.
At the top of the lineup, Rachel Ang '19 fell 11-4, 11-3, 11-4 to Lucy Beecroft, and Haley McAtee '18 just missed forcing a fourth game against Celine Yeap, falling 11-3, 11-3, 11-9 at No. 2.
Kim Krayacich '18 battled Helen Teegan tightly at the #3 position, scoring eight points in the opening game before dropping an 11-8, 11-2, 11-5 scoreline.
Yale held Amherst to two points or fewer in eleven games, with Jocelyn Lehman and Selena Maity finishing their matches with shutouts at #5 and #7.