Feb. 10, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT squash team traveled to the campuses of Colby, Bates and Bowdoin over the weekend to take part in the Maine Event tournament. The Engineers were overmatched from the outset and lost the four matches they played, all against opponents ranked in the top 25 in the nation.
Tech opened up against Colby on Friday night, falling to the host Mules, 9-0. Robert Habib was the only MIT player able to steal a set, winning the first 10-8 before losing the next three (8-10, 9-4, 9-3, 9-2). The Engineers had a similar, 9-0 result against George Washington University the following day. Andrew Yoon had a hard fought match at the number two position, extending the second set before ultimately falling, 9-1, 10-8, 9-4.
Taking on nationally-ranked No. 12 Bates Saturday afternoon, the Cardinal and Grey were again swept 9-0. Only Yoon and George Pratt, in the fourth slot, were able to pick up more than two points in any set. MIT then closed out the weekend at Bowdoin College in another 9-0 decision. Anand Rajagopalan ended the match with a strong effort in the ninth position, battling to a 9-3, 9-6, 7-9, 9-2 loss.
The Engineers will be at Wesleyan this weekend to take on Connecticut College, Penn State and the host Cardinals on Saturday, February 14 beginning at 2:00 p.m.