AMHERST, Mass. – No. 20 Amherst men's squash swept Wesleyan (Conn.), 9-0, in their opening match of the day to advance to the Little Three Championship where they fell to archrival Williams, 7-2, on senior day at the Davenport Squash Courts.
Concluding the regular season with a record of 8-5, the Mammoths' will look ahead to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship, which commences on Friday, Feb. 7th.
In the opening match of the Little Three Championship, Amherst faced off against Wesleyan (Conn.) where they posted straight-sets wins over the Cardinals in seven of the nine matches. The toughest battle came at the top of the ladder as Robinson Armour '22 went the full length with Sean Choi. Opening with an 11-4 win, Armour went up 1-0 before Choi seized 11-7, 12-10 wins in the ensuing sets to go up 2-1. Armour held Choi to two points to knot things at 2-2 before finalizing the win for Amherst with an 11-9 mark in the final set.
The only other time a Cardinal claimed a set on the Mammoths' came at #6 when Andrew Doucette stole the third set against Pavan Nagaraj '21, but Nagaraj wouldn't let him nab another, inevitably winning 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7.
Charlie Sutherby '22 (11-8, 11-5, 11-5) and Adam Lichtmacher '23 (11-7, 11-9, 11-3) followed up with straight-set wins at #2 and #3 before Nathaniel Mosse '23 downed William Bienstock (11-3, 11-4, 11-7) at #4.
Reginald Brewster '21 tallied a narrow opening set win against Alex Dreyfus (11-8) before limiting him to one point in the second set and four points in third, claiming another win for Amherst and upholding the sweep.
Andrew Leung '22 blanked Tian Ji in his opening set before holding Ji to four points in the final sets for the 11-0, 11-4, 11-4 victory.
Mitchell Ford '20 escaped 14-12 in his first set against Vabuk Pahari, reeling in another straight-set win after finishing his match with 11-6, 11-5 decisions.
Arnav Parikh '21 finished off the scoring for Amherst with an 11-6, 11-9, 11-6 win at #9 over Brinton Thomas, propelling the Mammoths' into the decisive match against Williams.
Prior to their duel with the Ephs, Amherst honored their senior class of Ford, Mateen Mills '20, and Christopher Zimmerman '20, who have compiled an overall record of 31-30 (including today's matches) across their four years of competing.
Armour picked up a key win at the top-spot with an 11-7, 11-9, 11-3 sweep over Jacob Bassil. Following up Armour's performance, Sutherby secured the only other win at #2 after going the full length with Wyatt Khosrowshahi. Dropping the opening set 10-12, Sutherby answered with 11-6, 12-10 wins to go up 2-1. After Khosrowshahi tied things up at 2-2 after a fourth set win (11-7), Sutherby edged the Eph with an 11-8 score line in the final set.
Leung was down 2-0 in his battle at #9 with Tucker Van Eck when he rattled off two-straight wins to tie things at 2-2. However, Van Eck held out with an 11-6 win in the fifth to keep the Mammoths' at bay.
The rest of the matches ended in 3-0 or 3-1 losses at the hands of the Ephs, extending Williams Little Three Championships to 21-straight.