February 19, 2008

MIT Posts 2-1 Record at CSA Team Championships

Feb. 19, 2008

BOSTON, Mass. - With decisive victories over Kenyon College and Boston College at the College Squash Association (CSA) Team Championships this past weekend, MIT concluded its 2007-08 season with a record of 4-12 and a national ranking of No. 43. The Engineers downed Kenyon, 7-2, on Friday evening, and Boston College, 8-1, on Sunday afternoon. Tech lost its Saturday match, 7-2, to the University of California Berkeley.

The event was hosted by Harvard University, with select matches hosted by MIT in the Zesiger Center.

The Engineers competed in the newly formed Serues Division, which also consisted of teams from the University of Vermont and Georgetown University.

The Cardinal and Gray opened play on Friday evening at Harvard's Barnaby Courts, where it took on Kenyon for the first time in program history. George Pratt, David Baumgartner, Xing Yuan, Robert Habib and Pawan Deedwaniya all disposed of their opponents in the minimum three games from the No. 5-9 spots, respectively, to give the Engineers the necessary five wins to secure the overall victory. However, Balaji Sridhar and Saad Zaheer, from the No. 2 and 3 spots, respectively, each won tightly contested four-game matches to provide Tech with some insurance and the 7-2 triumph.

MIT returned to the Zesiger Center for its next match against Cal Berkeley on Saturday afternoon, and despite some incredibly close individual matches, the Engineers fell, 7-2. Zaheer and freshman Michael Zomnir (from the No. 4 position) both secured four-game victories to provide Tech with hope, but heart-breaking five-game losses for Sridhar and Habib sealed the Cardinal and Gray's fate.

With a record of 1-1 heading into the final day of competition, MIT headed back to the Barnaby Courts to battle Boston College for the No. 43 national-ranking. Sweeps for Andrew Yoon, Sridhar, Zomnir, Pratt, Habib and Deedwaniya were enough for the victory, but Zaheer and Baumgartner each edged out four-game triumphs to give the Engineers an 8-1 win in their final contest of the campaign.

Georgetown slipped past Cal Berkeley, 5-4, to win the inaugural Serues Cup.