Brooks Beats JV SquashBy Carol Matsuzaki
The Junior Varsity Squash Team played their first match of 1996 against the highly regarded Brooks School on Jan. 27. Even with the help of two varsity players in the lineup, MIT took an extremely close 5-3 defeat. Number two Jon Goldman '98, number four Jacob Marcus '99, number six Bryan Robinson '98, and number eight Alex Chu '98 took the courts first to start the dual match. While Goldman and Marcus lost 3-0 and 3-1 respectively, Robinson and Chu took decisive wins of 3-1 and 3-0.
With the score tied at two apiece, number one Robin Chhabra '99, number three Carol Matsuzaki '96, number five Ahmed Ait-Ghezala '99, and number seven Don Hyun '97 started the second round of matches. Chhabra and Hyun both lost 3-0, giving Brooks a 4-2 lead. Matsuzaki could not convert a 13-8 lead in the fifth game, and lost 17-16, giving Brooks its 5th and match-winning point. Ait-Ghezala stayed tough to the very end, winning 17-14 in the fifth game, and earned MIT another point to make the final score 5-3.
On Jan. 30, the Engineers were back to do battle against Middlesex School. Number two Marcus, number four Robinson, number six Chu, and number seven Manju Madhavan '99 started the first round of matches. Chu successfully scrambled his way to a 3-2 win, 17-14 in the fifth. However, Marcus, Robinson, and Madhavan all lost their matches 3-1 to give Middlesex a 3-1 lead.
With MIT in need of wins from all remaining matches to clinch the dual match, number one Matsuzaki, number three Ait-Ghezala, and number five Hyun started the second round of match play. While Ait-Ghezala won his match 3-1, Matsuzaki could not win hers, losing 3-0, giving Middlesex the victory. Hyun also lost 3-0, making the overall score 5-2.
On Feb. 3, Matsuzaki, Marcus, and Ait-Ghezala were given the opportunity to play in a varsity dual match doubleheader. In the first match, MIT suffered a tough 6-3 loss to Fordham College. Matsuzaki and Ait-Ghezala were both victorious 3-0 while Marcus took a 3-1 defeat. The second match against Army proved to be a very exciting win, as MIT pulled out a come-from-behind victory, 5-4. All three junior varsity players dominated with wins of 3-0.
The team's last home match is on Feb. 12th at 4 p.m. against Tufts University at the Alumni Pool Courts.