Squash Sweeps Bard and Bryant in Season-Opener

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second time in three years the MIT squash team opened its season victorious as it posted 9-0 decisions over Bard College and Bryant University on Saturday. The Engineers look to continue this streak next weekend against Boston College.

Mick Zomnir got things going for MIT against Bard with a 7-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 decision in the No. 1 spot. John Kucharczyk, Austin Anderson, and Mitra picked up sweeps in the next four positions as Joey Lemberg posted a hard-fought 9-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-2 victory over Youseung Kim. Connor Kirschbaum overpowered his foe, 11-0, 11-4, 11-3, in the No. 6 slot while Sunny Long held off Danny Rodriguez, 11-5, 11-5, 11-8. The Engineers received wins in the final two positions due to forfeits by the Raptors.

Making their intercollegiate debuts against Bryant, West Hubbard posted a 10-12, 11-5, 11-9, 11-5 win in the top spot while Jad El Khoury registered an 11-2, 11-3, 11-8 decision in the No. 9 position. Zomnir, Kucharczyk, Anderson, Robert Habib, Mitra, and Kirschbaum each swept their opponents. Lemberg battled Marco Santacruz for an 11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 13-11 victory in the No. 7 slot while Long added an 11-1, 11-7, 11- 4 win in exhibition play.

Bard College vs. MIT
Final Team Score: MIT 9, Bard 0

1. Mick Zomnir (M) def. Dylan Coburn (B), 7-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5
2. John Kucharczyk (M) def. Maksim Tsikhanovich (B), 11-8, 11-5, 11-8
3. Austin Anderson (M) def. Andy Hoffman-Pantalona (B), 11-6, 11-4, 11-5
4. Abhi Mitra (M) def. Patrick Ferroni (B), 11-4, 11-6, 11-4
5. Joey Lemberg (M) def. Youseung Kim (B), 9-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-2
6. Connor Kirschbaum (M) def. Houston Stebbins (B), 11-0, 11-4, 11-3
7. Sunny Long (M) def. Danny Rodriguez (B), 11-5, 11-5, 11-8
8. MIT wins by forfeit
9. MIT wins by forfeit


Bryant University vs. MIT
Final Team Score: MIT 9, Bryant 0

1. West Hubbard (M) def. Nick Brewer (B), 10-12, 11-5, 11-9, 11-5
2. Mick Zomnir (M) def. Hart Callahan (B), 11-5, 11-4, 11-3
3. John Kucharczyk (M) def. Cole Rochon (B), 11-6, 11-3, 11-3
4. Austin Anderson (M) def. Dan Cournoyer (B), 11-5, 11-4, 11-1
5. Robert Habib (M) def. Connor Crowley (B), 11-4, 11-6, 11-2
6. Abhi Mitra (M) def. Maurice Abitlool (B), 11-6, 11-1, 11-3
7. Joey Lemberg (M) def. Marco Santacruz (B), 11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 13-11
8. Connor Kirschbaum (M) def. Lauren McClure (B), 11-3, 11-3, 11-4
9. Jad El Khoury (M) def. CJ Cassidy (B), 11-2, 11-3, 11-8

Exhibition
Sunny Long (M) def. Dmytro Bashchynskyy (B), 11-1, 11-7, 11- 4