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MIT Sends Three to Squash Nationals

Surana Wins ‘B’ Division Consolation Match Over Hobart College Opponent

By Robert Aronstam

STAFF WRITER

The squash team sent three participants to the individual national tournaments, held at Princeton University.

In the women’s tournament, Rita Monson ’04 competed among the 32 best female players in the nation, but she fell to the eighth seed in her first match. On the men’s side, Kunal K. Surana ’02 and Simon C. Bradbury G competed in the “B” Malloy Division, which consisted of the 33rd through 64th ranked players.

Surana wins consolation

Both Surana and Bradbury fared well in the “B” division. Surana easily won his first match in three games (9-2, 9-2, 9-2) against Varun Vasudeva. Likewise, Bradbury dominated Navy’s Andy McCann (9-2, 9-5, 9-7).

However, both MIT players fell in the second round. Surana lost to David Haile after winning the first two games (5-9, 6-9, 9-1, 9-6, 9-4). Bradbury lost to the eventual champion Max Montgelas in four games.

Surana and Bradbury both won their first match in the consolation rounds. Surana thrashed Eric Greenwood by a score of 9-3, 9-2, 9-0. Bradbury won a five-game battle over Jeff Porter (4-9, 9-1, 9-10, 10-9, 9-5).

In the semifinals of the consolations, Surana won three close games over Bates’s Eric Lopez (10-8, 10-9, 10-8), but Bradbury lost to Hobart’s Tejvir Rathore in five games (9-5, 6-9, 9-6, 6-9, 9-2). Surana claimed revenge over Rathore in the finals, beating him soundly (9-0, 9-5, 9-1). The victory in the second round consolation of the “B” division gave Surana a final national ranking of 41.