NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Robinson Armour '22, David Merkel '19, and Terrence Wang '21 led the Amherst men's squash team as they defeated their Brown University opponents, but were ultimately thwarted 6-3 in the opening day of the CSA Team Championship.
The Mammoths, who have won their last two matches, suffer a setback and will fall to 7-9 overall on the season. Brown improves to 5-10 and will advance to the semifinals of the Summers Cup (C Division) where they will face Middlebury College, beginning at 8:30 AM on Saturday (February 16).
Wang notched his eighth victory on the season at number one, claiming the victory over opponent Grant Sterman. Sterman looked promising in the first set, posting an 11-2 score to take the lead early. However, Wang answered with 11-6 wins in the second and third set while capping off the fourth with an 11-9 edge to add another point for the Mammoths.
Armour took his opponent Phillip Demeulenaere to four sets after dropping the first by an 11-7 margin. The next three sets had to be solved in extra points due to Demeulenaere's resilient attack. However, the Mammoth held strong as he posted 13-11, 12-10, 12-10 finishes to take the win for the Purple & White.
Merkel caps off the scoring for Amherst on the day when he faced Blake Gilbert-Bono at number six. Merkel opened with 11-5 and 11-9 kills in the opening two sets before falling in the third by a score of 12-10. Heading into the fourth set up 2-1, Merkel was able to claim the point for the Mammoths after an 11-7 win.
Charlie Sutherby '22 came close to stealing another victory for the Purple & White when he faced off against Declan McCarthy at number three. Sutherby fell behind early, but came back to take the second and third sets 11-4, 11-7. Down one, McCarthy routed the Mammoth in the fourth to send the match into the fifth set. After a back and forth battle, McCarthy prevailed with a score of 12-10.
The Bears went on to post strong victories at number two (Andrew Wei) and number eight (Ben Caraballo), sweeping the first three sets and limiting the Mammoths to less than five points in each.
Amherst will face Bowdoin in the consolation match tomorrow (February 16) at 8:30 AM.