Squash Drops Season-Opener to Colby

Nov. 20, 2006

WATERVILLE, Maine - MIT's squash team opened its 2006-07 season on Sunday afternoon in Waterville, Maine with a 9-0 loss to Colby College. The defeat means that Tech's record drops to 0-1 on the young campaign.

Despite the setback on the scoreboard, new head coach Orla O'Doherty is pleased with the team's progress to this point, believing that the final result of the match was not indicative of how the team played.

"The last five weeks of hard work and changes in strategy really showed today, as the team feel that they are now changing habits and focusing on being patient and playing longer rallies," she said. "They are also much fitter than before and we believe that, compared to this point in the season last year, they are a much more `squash-mature' team. It was a fun afternoon and not at all demoralizing," the first-year head coach added.

While the Engineers battled valiantly in all of their matches, junior Jonathan Fu's was the most noteworthy in terms of actual results. The Duluth, Ga. native dropped the first two games of his match before fighting his way back into the contest with 9-6 wins in both the third and fourth games. Although he lost the final game, 9-3, his impressive effort in the 3-2 defeat was hopefully a strong sign of things to come.

Tech will return to action following the Thanksgiving break when it hosts its first matches of the season against Tufts University, Northeastern University and Middlebury College over the weekend of Friday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2.