STAMFORD, Conn. – Robinson Armour '22 led the Amherst men's squash team posting two sweeps on the final two days of competition as they concluded their appearance in the 2019 CSA Team Championship, nabbing a 7-2 win over Bowdoin in their first consolation match on Saturday before dropping to Bates College, 6-3, on Sunday morning at Chelsea Piers Connecticut.
The Mammoths, who thwarted Bowdoin 6-3 just two weeks prior, held the Polar Bears to just two match wins on Saturday morning in their first consolation match of the CSA Team Championships at Brady Squash Center.
Amherst claimed the top six spots on the ladder, sweeping the first three sets in five of the matches. Mateen Mills '20 also took down his opponent in the first three sets at number nine when he faced Ishaan George. George posted nine points in the second set but could not overcome Mills, falling to the Mammoth 11-6, 11-9, 11-7.
David Merkel '19 went up against Tyler Shonrock at number six, sweeping the win after posting the same score line in each set (11-8, 11-8, 11-8). At number four, Armour notched the top performance on the day for the Purple & White when he limited Carson Claar to less than four points in each set (11-1, 11-2, 11-4). The only match that exceeded three was when Harith Khawaja '19 battled Satya Butler at number two. Butler was able to steal the second set (11-9) but was held to five points in the third and fourth to fall to the Mammoth (11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 11-5).
Terrence Wang '21 capped off the day for Amherst when he edged Ian Squiers in the first set 11-9 before posting a demanding 11-2 win in the second. Squiers tried to respond but Wang proved to be too much as he claimed the third by a score of 13-11.
On the final day of competition (February 17), the Mammoths dropped a 6-3 decision against Bates College to conclude their CSA Team Championship appearance.
Armour built off of yesterday's strong performance to post another sweep at number four against Jesper Phillips (11-4, 11-7, 11-5). Charlie Sutherby went the full length against Bobcat Omar Attia after Sutherby opened strong stealing the first set (11-2) but dropped the second and third 11-8, 11-6. Down one, the Mammoth responded to post an 11-4 win in the fourth to tie it up heading into the final set. Sutherby continued his momentum and was resilient in edging Attia 11-9 for the Amherst win.
The final victory on the day for the Purple & White came when Merkel faced McLeod Abbot at number six. Merkel stole the first set 11-8 before the Bobcat responded with an 11-7 triumph in the second. From there, Merkel never looked back as he finished out the scoring for the Mammoths with an 11-8 and 11-7 wins in the final two sets.
Wang (9-11, 11-9, 11-5, 2-11, 11-9), Khawaja (11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9), and Mills (5-11, 14-12, 11-9, 7-11, 11-7) all lost in arduous five-set finishes at the hands of Graham Bonnell, Mahmoud Yousry, and Dylan Muldoon.
The Amherst men's squash team will set their sights on the CSA Individual Nationals on March 1st in their final match of the 2018-19 campaign.