Squash Loses Two, Crushes Colby, 9-0
By Adeeb Shanaa
The squash team lost at Brown University, ranked 10th in the country, 4-5 on Wednesday -- and then drove back to MIT that same day for a close 3-6 loss against Dartmouth University, ranked 11th in the country.
The next day the Engineers released their frustration on Colby College -- winning 9-0.
MIT all but won the meet against Brown. After 3-0 wins by Robert Wickham '93 and Yves Kissenpfennig '95, a 3-1 win by Matt Trevithick G and a 3-2 win by Irfan Chaudhary '93, the team could all but taste victory.
Shervin Limbert '93 had led his match 2-0, but could not finish it off as his Brown opponent took the next three sets. Saf Yebaoh-Amankwah '93 was up 13-9 in the fifth and final set but let the match slip out of his grasp as his opponent took the set in overtime, 18-15. Graham Fernandes '93, Adeeb Shanaa '93, and Wai Wong '94 lost playing in the fifth, seventh, and eighth seeds, resulting in the overall 4-5 outcome.
Immediately after the last match was over, the team jumped into the van and drove to MIT, where Dartmouth was waiting. The meet had been scheduled for the previous day, but Dartmouth was not able to come because of the weather.
Tired and stiff from the earlier match and the drive, the team was not able to perform as well against the Dartmouth team and lost 3-6. However, both Chaudhary and Kissenpfennig again won their matches, 3-0 and 3-1 respectively.
Shanaa won a very exciting match 3-2. He won the first two sets, allowed his opponent to take the next two while he battled exhaustion, and then won the fifth 18-17 in overtime.
The next day, the Engineers played Colby at home and clearly won 9-0. This was a strong testament to the depth of the team, because three of the top five seeds had left that morning for Mardi Gras celebrations.
Although the loss to Brown was extremely disappointing, the team's strong performance was a good sign for the upcoming national championship this weekend at Princeton University. MIT will probably be ranked 14th nationally going into the nationals.