Squash Breaks Losing Streak against BabsonBy Daniel Wang
Associate Sports Editor
The squash team broke a three-game losing streak Thursday, by shutting out Babson College, 9-0, at the DuPont Gymnasium. The team earned its first win in 1994 and improved its record for the season to 4-5, overall.
Each of the MIT players performed well, limiting their opponents to single-digit scoring in at least one game of every individual match, and losing only one game in all nine matches. John de Souza G at fifth singles gave up the least number of points at 15. De Souza never quite let his opponent into any of the games, winning 15-7, 15-2, and 15-4. Friedman came close behind, losing only 17 points, in a 15-2, 15-9, 12-4 blowout. In his match, he had run up leads of 9-0 and 13-1. In the final game, he broke a 4-4 deadlock by winning 11 points in a row.
Other highlights included superb performances from the top two players, Irfan Chaudhry '96 and captain Safroadu Yeboah-Amankwah G. Chaudhry won the first game, 15-8, but then ran into some trouble in the second game, as his opponent forced a 13-13 tiebreaker. Chaudhry ended up winning the game, 18-14, then cruised through the final game, winning with a score 15-7. Yeboah-Amankwah had an easier time, winning with scores of 15-3, 15-6, and 15-10. In a match that was never close, he had leads of 8-0 in the first game, and 8-1 in the second. Interestingly, both Chaudhry and Yeboah-Amankwah were recovering from knee injuries, which left coach Jeff Hamilton doubtful about even having them play in the match.
At the sixth position, Amit Desai '94 played while recovering from a flu, and had to struggle before pulling out the match, which included two tie-breakers. Desai started off quickly by capturing the first game, 15-4. His opponent then fought back to win 17-15. Desai soon retaliated by taking the third, 15-7, causing his opponent to take a break between the third and fourth games. The break gave Desai a chance to recover from a visible state of exhaustion. In the last game, he fought valiantly, and was able to chase almost every ball down. His opponent's greatest efforts seemed to return the ball right to him. Desai forced enough errors late in the game to win the tie breaker, and the match, 15-4, 15-17, 15-7, and 18-15.
The team will play almost every dual meet at home this month, before heading to the National Intercollegiate Squash Racquets Association Team and Individual Championships at Yale University. The next few matches will be a chance for the Engineers to earn a higher seeding in the team competition there. They will play this afternoon against Tufts University, and then next week against Harvard University.