Feb. 17, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT squash team took on a pair of opponents over the weekend and came away with a split, knocking off Penn State before dropping its match against Connecticut College. With the split, the Engineers record now stands at 10-10 with one final regular season match before next weekend's College Squash Association (CSA) Team National Championship in Princeton, N.J.
The Cardinal and Grey kicked off the weekend with a convincing, 8-1 win over Penn State on Saturday afternoon. Balaji Sridhar lost a thrilling five-set decision to Shaeel Khan at the no. one postion (6-9, 7-9, 9-6, 9-7, 9-2). However, from there it was all MIT, as the Engineers won the final eight matches for the team win. In the second spot, Andrew Yoon recovered after dropping his opening set to win, 9-10, 9-4, 9-0, 9-0.
Tech followed up the Penn State win with a hard-fought, 6-3 loss to Connecticut College later on Saturday. Yoon picked up one of the Engineers' three points with a straight-set decision, 9-0, 9-4, 9-7 in the no. two spot. John Kucharczyk and Ishaan Chugh also earned wins for MIT. Four of the nine matches went to at least four sets, with Anand Rajagopala’s five-set loss (9-6, 9-5, 1-9, 9-10, 9-5) in the ninth position being the most competitive of the day.
The Engineers will host Brown on Tuesday, February 17 before traveling to Princeton for the CSA Team National Championship starting on Friday.