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JV Squash Fights For Season-End Victory Over Tufts

By Carol Matsuzaki
Team Member

The MIT JV Squash Team ended their 1995-96 season on a good note as they fought to a 54 victory over Tufts University Tuesday, finishing off an otherwise winless season.

Strong performances from the middle and bottom of the lineup helped MIT to only its second 5-4 victory over Tufts in as many years.

Mike Chatwin '97, Carol Matsuzaki '96, Torkel Engeness '96 and Alex Chu '98 started the first round of matches for MIT. Chu capped off an undefeated season as he easily took his match 30, giving MIT its first point.

Matsuzaki, after winning her first two games, played a sloppy third game, losing 1512. However, she came back strong in the fourth (158) to give MIT its second team point.

Engeness took his first two games handily. However, his opponent soon discovered his weakness and took the next two games to tie the match at 22. Engeness regrouped in the fifth to make it close, but his opponent edged him out 1715 to win the match.

Meanwhile, Chatwin had quite a battle of his own going on. After losing the first two games, he stayed tough to win the next two at 715. However, his opponent came right back and won the fifth 158 to tie the dual match score at 22.

Saim Kashmiri '99, Jon Goldman '98, Ahmed Ait-Ghezala '99, Bryan Robinson '98, and Don Hyun '97 started the second round of matches to settle the tie. While Robinson lost 30, Hyun won 30.

At this point, MIT and Tufts were tied at 33 with 3 matches in progress. Ait-Ghezala overcame a 21 deficit as he took control of a fatiguing five-game match. His opponent could not keep up with him, as Ait-Ghezala took the last two games at 154 and 1510.

With MIT up 43, they needed to win one of the two matches left to clinch the dual match victory. Goldman brought the fifth point home for MIT as he dominated over his opponent 31. Kashmiri lost his match 30, but it was a moot win for Tufts, as MIT had already won five matches.

The MIT team has shown tremendous improvement under first year Head Coach Mark Johnson. He has turned a relatively inexperienced group of athletes into decent squash players in a short period of time. They hope to continue their success next season.