Engineers Split Pair of Weekend Matches

Dec. 3, 2007

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Senior David Baumgartner and junior Balaji Sridhar each dispatched of their opponents in straight-set shutouts to help propel MIT's squash team to its first victory of the season, 9-0, over Bryant University on Saturday afternoon in the Zesiger Center. Earlier in the day, the Engineers fell to Middlebury College by a similar 9-0 score-line.

The Cardinal and Gray stands at 1-5 following the split.

MIT opened its weekend with a Saturday morning loss to visiting Middlebury, which finished 26th at last year's Collegiate Squash Association Team Championships. Sophomore Andrew Yoon nearly stole his match out of the No. 1 position, dropping a tight first game, 9-7, but was limited by low shin splits and fell in the final two games, 9-2, 9-3.

With the afternoon match against Bryant occurring just hours after the morning opener against Middlebury, the Engineers had no time to contemplate the loss. MIT rose to the occasion and showed no ill effects of the earlier encounter, as the team breezed past the Bulldogs, 9-0, courtesy of nine 3-0 sweeps.

Sridhar and Baumgarter each won their matches without conceding a point, taking down their opponents 9-0, 9-0, 9-0 from the No. 2 and No. 5 positions, respectively. Yoon, seniors Xing Yuan and Jonathan Schechter and junior Saad Zaheer all nearly matched them, as each allowed just one or two points over the course of their entire three-game matches. Senior Pawan Deedwaniya, sophomore George Pratt and freshman Robert Habib all swept their matches, as well, with none of them conceding more than four points in a match.

Freshman Steve Howland participated in an exhibition match, sweeping his opponent, 9-0, 9-4, 9-0.

The comprehensive victory was a solid way for the Engineers to enter the winter hiatus, as the team won't compete again until Saturday, Feb. 9, when it will host Colby College at 10:00 a.m.