Squash Starts Year with Three Wins; Will Face Harvard TodayBy Jonathan Goldman and Carol Matsuzaki
The varsity squash team began the year with a tough 6-3 loss to Fordham on Feb. 3, after coming off a tough November and December schedule where they had only managed to accumulate one victory.
The team was weakened by an absence of three members. Both Craig Mahfood '97 and Dexter Mootoo G lost in close 3-2 matches. Andrew Downer '96, Muk Venkatesh G, and Carol Matsuzaki '96 won their matches.
Later in the day the squad had a dramatic 5-4 victory over Army. Downer, Jonathan Goldman '98, Mike Chatwin '97, and Matsuzaki all won 3-0, but the team still sustained four losses. With a 4-4 overall score, Robbie Chhabra '99, down 2-0 in games, managed to rally from behind to win the next three games to give MIT it's second victory of the season.
On Feb. 6, the team again narrowly edged out Tufts 5-4. Downer, Chhabra, Venkatesh, Goldman, and Saim Kashmiri '99 all won decisively. Other matches were quite close, and unfortunately Mahfood and Mootoo again lost their matches in the fifth game.
Later in the week, the team faced a rather weak Connecticut College team. Downer, James Habyrimana '96, Salvador Biguria, Andres Villaquiran '97, Mootoo, Venkatesh, Kashmiri, and Chatwin made the 8-1 victory possible.
Unfortunately, the team suffered a 9-0 loss to the nationally ranked Amherst College team on Feb. 9, bringing its overall record to 4-7. Downer had the closest match, losing 17-15 in the fifth game to one of the top-ranked players in the nation.
The next home match is scheduled for today against Harvard at 4:00pm.