Nov. 26, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT squash team traveled to Dartmouth on Saturday for the Liberty League Fall Classic before returning home on Sunday to host Vanderbilt. The Engineers fell to Navy, 9-0, and Wesleyan, 8-1, before salvaging the weekend with a win over Vanderbilt, 5-4.
In the sweep against Navy, Robert Habib, at the No. six position, put up the best fight for Tech, taking two points in his first set and six in the second before falling, 9-0, in the third set. Brad Seidel, Justin Langan and Michael Beautyman each won matches by the identical scores of 9-1, 9-0, 9-0 for the Midshipmen.
The Engineers returned to the court later that day to take on Wesleyan. While many of the matches were much more competitive than those against Navy, the team result was similar. John Kucharczyk was the lone winner for the Cardinal and Gray, coming away with a 10-9, 9-1, 9-1 decision at the fifth spot. Habib and Ned Carpenter both took their opponents to five sets before ultimately being retired.
MIT hoped to rebound from its 0-2 showing at the Fall Classic in a home match versus Vanderbilt on Sunday afternoon. Andrew Yoon, Saad Zaheer, Kucharczyk, Habib and Joey Lemberg picked up match wins to help the Engineers improve to 5-2 on the season. Yoon and Habib were the only competitors to pick up straight set victories on the day. Yoon won 9-1, 9-5, 9-6, while Habib made quick work of his opponent, 9-4, 9-3, 9-0.
MIT will be back in action on Saturday, December 6 when it hosts Tufts. The Engineers will then travel to Northeastern the following day.