BRUNSWICK, Maine – Competing in the seventh-place match at the Lubin Family Squash Courts, Amherst men's squash dropped a 5-4 decision to Colby College to conclude their showing in the 2020 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship on Sunday morning.
Awaiting nationals, Amherst sits with a record of 8-8 and went 0-3 on championship weekend, while the Mules snap their two-match lose streak and enter the CSA Team Championships with a record of 10-8.
In a hard-fought battle, Charlie Sutherby '22 opened with a 3-0 rout of Alex Spafford at #2, winning 11-9, 11-7, 11-8.
Losing in the opening set to Chase Holding, Adam Lichtmacher '23 answered with a pair of 11-8 score lines in the ensuing sets before solidifying the victory with an 11-7 mark in the fourth, winning 3-1.
At #9, Reginald Brewster '21 picked up a much-needed win over Duda Voldman after going up 1-0 early with an 11-9 triumph in the opening set. Voldman responded with an 11-9 win of his own in the second to knot the match at 1-1. However, Brewster picked up another win for the Mammoths after holding Voldman to eight points or fewer in the final two sets (11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6).
In the only match that went the full length, Terrence Wang '21 secured a demanding win over Jack Vanderhorst at #5. Going up 2-0 early with an 11-7 and 11-9 win, Vanderhorst rattled off 11-7, 11-8 wins of his own to tie things up at 2-2 heading into the fifth set. Winning by the greatest margin of the match, Wang pulled off an 11-5 fifth-set victory to cap off Amherst's scoring on the day.
Despite high scoring matches, Colby won in straight sets for the remainder of the five matches to pick up the 5-4 victory over their fellow NESCAC competitor.