AMHERST, Mass. – Charles Sutherby's '22 diving save on match ball in his fourth set highlighted an imposing 7-2 win over Dickinson College for the Amherst men's squash teams third win on the season at Davenport Squash Courts Tuesday afternoon.
Sutherby faced off against Alexander Wattles at the second spot where he fell behind early on, losing the first set 11-9. Sutherby answered Wattles with decisive 11-5 and 11-7 victories in the following two sets to take the one up on his opponent. In the fourth set, the two battled back and forth which found Wattles up 11-10 after a few key shots. Wattles rifled a low shot across the court which was seemingly impossible to get to, however, Sutherby dove out of nowhere to make the impressive save to keep the rally going and ultimately winning the point. Sutherby went on to win by a score of 14-12 for the crucial victory over Wattles early on (9-11, 11-5, 11-7, 14-12).
At the eighth spot, Christopher Zimmerman '20 posted an impressive win over Graham Henderson through five sets. Zimmerman jumped out to the early lead with a narrow 11-9 decision in the first. Henderson didn't let up as he battled back to claim the second and third sets 12-10 and 11-9. Like Sutherby, Zimmerman was down match ball in his fourth set (11-10) and was one point away from a loss on the day. However, the Mammoth was relentless as he swept the next three points to take the 13-11 victory. Zimmerman went on to post a demanding 11-3 score in the final set to add another point in the win column for Amherst.
Dickinson was able to notch two wins on the day against the Mammoths. Abdelrahman Elsergany took on Mammoth Terrence Wang '21 at number one, defeating Wang by a score of 5-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-5. The Red Devils snagged their final win at number five when Osuman Imoro was able to sweep Pavan Nagaraj '21 11-8, 11-7, 11-7.
At number six, Robert Parker '21 took on Tanay Murdia where he found himself down 2-1 heading into the third set. Parker stayed alive after winning by a 14-12 margin, sending the two into the fifth set. Murdia went on to fall to Parker 11-8 for the Mammoth victory (11-3, 7-11, 6-11, 14-12, 11-8).
David Merkel '19 rounds out the tremendous performance for the Purple & White as he snagged the first set against Andrew Strudwick by a score of 11-1. Strudwick was only able to steal a win in the third set, 8-11, before bowing to Merkel (11-1, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6).
The Mammoths return to action tomorrow as they host Brown University beginning at 1:00 PM. The Red Devils will compete against Virginia in their next match up which takes place on January 20th, beginning at 2:00 PM.