JV Squash Team Handed Rare Road Loss by Tabor AcademyBy Carol Matsuzaki
Head Coach Mark Johnson and seven of the JV Squash Team members traveled to the cold, unlively courts of Tabor Academy Friday for their first away dual match of the season.
Don Hyun '97, Bryan Robinson '98, Jacob Marcus '99, and Torkel Engeness '97 started off the first round. Marcus drew a tough opponent and lost 15-13, 15-11, and 15-10 in three very close games.
Hyun had a good first game as he came away on top 15-12. However, his opponent came right back and took the next three games 15-9, 17-16, and 15-3.
Robinson quickly fell into a 2-0 gap as he lost the first two games 15-7 and 15-11. His hard hitting and court coverage helped him win the next two games to tie the score at two apiece, but his opponent edged him out 15-9 in the fifth.
Engeness barely lost his first game 17-16. But he never looked back from that point on, as he hit winner after winner, playing brilliant squash. He went on to win the next three games 15-10, 15-6, and 15-11 to give MIT its first point.
The Engineers were in a 3-1 deficit going into the second round of matches. Alex Chu '98, Ahmed Ait-Ghezala '99 and Carol Matsuzaki '96 all had to be victorious for MIT to get the win. Both Ait-Ghezala and Matsuzaki had a rough day on the courts, as they each received a 3-0 beating.
However, Chu ended the day on a good note as he won 15-12 in the fifth to give the Engineers their second point. The next and final home match for the season will be on Tuesday, Feb. 20, against Tufts University at 4 p.m.