Dartmouth Shuts Out Squash 9-0By Robert Aronstam
Dartmouth College shut out the squash team 9-0 last Wednesday, but the team rebounded to beat Fordham 8-1 on Saturday. MIT fell to the higher-ranked Dartmouth squad, while the team easily topped much lower-ranked Fordham.
Although MIT had a few good performances against Dartmouth, they were unable to secure a single match even though Dartmouth played without their top two players. The top two Engineers were the only players on the squad who fared well. Kunal K. Surana ’03 and Simon C. Bradbury G both stretched their opponents to five games, but both fell short.
Both players fought back from fifth game deficits and nearly came up with wins. After falling behind 5-1, Surana won six more points in the game before finally faltering. His two errant drop shots at the end of the game secured his loss.
Bradbury had an even steeper uphill battle in his fifth game. He fell behind 8-0, but refused to surrender without a fight. After being wrong-foote on the first match point, Bradbury quickly spun towards the left side of the court. This caused him to temporarily lose sight of the ball as it began to die in the back corner. Remarkably, he still managed to flick the ball high off the side wall to the front wall, thus continuing the point. Such gutsy efforts allowed Bradbury to score five unanswered points before eventually losing the match.
MIT easily defeats Fordham
Traditionally, Fordham has been one of MIT’s weakest opponents. MIT continued their history of success against Fordham with a solid victory. Each of the eight wins was a three-game affair. In five of the wins, the MIT player surrendered five points or fewer.
The victors of these blowouts were Bradbury, Naveen Goela ’03, Robert A. Finn ’02, Rodney E. Huang ’03, and Steve S. Liu ’04. Their scores were 9-0, 9-1, 9-2; 9-0, 9-1, 9-0; 9-1, 9-0, 9-4; 9-4, 9-0, 9-0; and 9-2, 9-1, 9-1, respectively. Surana, Tyler B. Horton ’03, and Robert A. Aronstam ’02 were the other winners.
The squash team returns to action with a home match against Tufts on Thursday. Since only two spots in the rankings separate the two teams, the result of the match is sure to have significant implications on the national tournament seeding.