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Men’s Squash Team Drops Three

Losses to Higher-Ranked Teams Have No Impact on National Ranking

By Robert Aronstam

STAFF WRITER

The squash team lost three matches last week at the hands of Trinity, Amherst, and Wesleyan Colleges, causing MIT’s overall record to drop to 2-7. Since the losses were against higher-ranked opponents, MIT’s national ranking will remain 21st out of the 36 National Intercollegiate Squash Racquets Association (NISRA) teams.

Last Wednesday, the squash team took on both Amherst College and Trinity College. MIT has rarely beaten Amherst in the history of the squash program. Amherst, however, has been vulnerable to defeat in recent years, as indicated by MIT’s win in the 1999-2000 season. Unfortunately, MIT was unable to duplicate this feat this year.

Against Amherst, MIT’s top players were all competitive, while the bottom of the lineup struggled. The top two players, Kunal K. Surana ’02 and Simon C. Bradbury (CMI), both won their matches. Bradbury’s match was a three-game drubbing. Naveen Goela ’03, playing in the number three position, lost a tough five-game affair. After winning the first two games, Goela succumbed to fatigue and was unable to secure the victory.

Trinity easily defeats MIT

Trinity College, the top-ranked team in the nation, easily beat MIT in Wednesday’s second match. Trinity, as is custom, did not bring all of their top players to face a clearly outmatched opponent. However, Trinity’s top player, Bernardo Samper, did make the trip to face MIT. Samper, a former Columbian national champion, is also the top ranked individual player in the nation.

While most of the Trinity-MIT matches were predictably lopsided, there was one exception. Tyler B. Horton ’03, MIT’s number four player, nearly pulled off a phenomenal upset. Horton won the third and fourth games of his match. Prior to the contest, winning a single game from a Trinity opponent was deemed impossible. However, Horton defiantly proved this theory wrong by claiming two games before dropping the decisive fifth game. The final score of his match was 5-9, 6-9, 9-7, 9-7, 1-9.

Engineers lose to Wesleyan

MIT was hopeful of the first win over a higher ranked opponent in Friday’s match against Wesleyan College. The likelihood of this was diminished before the match began, however, as MIT was without one of their top players. This forced nearly all of the players to play a spot higher than usual.

Surana continued his outstanding season with a win. He was joined by Goela, who won in the number two spot. MIT did not win any of their remaining matches, making the final score 2-7.