CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In a very close match on the second day of the College Squash Association (CSA) Team Nationals at home on Saturday, the MIT squash team fell to Johns Hopkins University, 5-4. During the first round of nationals yesterday, the Engineers were defeated by Hobart College by a score of 8-1, with freshman Nikhil Punwaney (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) earning Tech's lone victory.
MIT dominated the majority of the top part of the ladder, with all four of its wins coming in the top six positions. At No. 1, freshman Tyler Finkelstein (Greenwich, Conn.) was defeated by his brother, Harrison Finkelstein, in five games. H. Finkelstein won the first two games, 11-8. 11-6, before T. Finkelstein tied the score by winning the next two, 11-7, 11-6. H. Finkelstein secured the win with a 15-13 victory in the fifth and final game.
At No. 2, Punwaney defeated Peter Wu easily, winning all three games, 11-5, 11-4, 11-4. He is now 2-0 for the weekend. Classmate Dominic Hansford (Darien, Conn.) had a tough five-game thriller, but walked away with a victory in the third spot. He won the first game, 11-3, before Michael Hurr won the second and third, 11-7, 11-7. Hansford came from behind to win the remaining two games, 12-10, 11-5. At No. 6, junior David Bian (Austin, Texas) had an 11-2, 11-2, 11-5 win over Janvier Chalopin and, in the sixth spot, classmate Gray Riley (Wellesley, Mass.) defeated Yoni Krupski, 11-6, 13-11, 11-2.
Tech was originally scheduled to face Georgetown University at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday but, due to the University of Virginia dropping out of nationals due to the weather, the Engineers won by default and wrapped up the Championships 31st in the country.