No. 26 Squash Sweeps Lehigh and Bryant On Saturday

Freshman Andrew Lu
Freshman Andrew Lu

THE BASICS:

- Scores: 

No. 26 MIT 9, Lehigh University 0
No. 26 MIT 9, Bryant University 0

- Records: MIT (3-0), Lehigh University (0-1), Bryant University (0-1)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Squash Courts)

- The Lead: The MIT squash team, ranked No. 26 in the College Squash Association's (CSA) Preseason Poll, didn't give up a single point today as the Engineers defeated both Lehigh University and Bryant University by 9-0 finals on Saturday morning inside the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. LEHIGH:

- MIT registered 3-0 sweeps at each of the nine ladder positions to seal the 9-0 victory in the team's first match of the day against Lehigh.

- Senior Tyler Finkelstein (Greenwich, Conn.) got things started for the Engineers with an 11-5, 11-8, 11-6 win over Gordon Nowell at the No. 1 position. Freshman Vedaant Paul Kukadia (Manhasset, N.Y.) gave MIT the 2-0 lead with an 11-0, 11-5, 11-4 victory at the No. 2 position, while junior Jeffrey Hu (Phoenixville, Pa.), senior Dominic Hansford (Darien, Conn.) and freshman Avery Lamp (Short Hills, N.J.) went on to win at positions three, four and five to seal the match for MIT.

- At the bottom of the ladder at positions seven through nine, freshman Andrew Lu (Brookline, Mass.), sophomore Elizabeth Wei (Seattle, Wash.) and classmate Kyra Post (Westport, Conn.) notched their first wins in the first games of the season this morning. Wei blanked Jared Eisenberg in the second set (11-0) and went on to win 11-5, 11-0, 11-1, while Post held on in extra points (12-10 in the second) to win 11-7, 12-10, 11-8 for the team's 9-0 victory.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. BRYANT:

- Finkelstein once again got things started for MIT against Bryant as he earned a 3-1 win at the No. 1 position (12-10, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8). From that point on, the Engineers didn't drop another set as the final eight points came on 3-0 sweeps.

- Much as she did in the first game, Wei held her opponent to just four total points in three sets as she came away with an 11-0, 11-4, 11-0 win at the eighth position. At the No. 4 position, Hansford won the first set 11-6 and went on to blank Jeydev Berry 11-0, 11-0 for his win.

- During their respective matches against Bryant, Hansford, freshman Wonjune Kang (Seoul, South Korea), Lu and Wei all notched at least one set where they held their opponent to zero points. At the No. 6 position, Kang won by an 11-2, 11-2, 11-0 final score.

UP NEXT:

- MIT heads to the U.S. Naval Academy next weekend for a round robin tournament as the Engineers will face off against Navy on Friday, November 18th, Denison and Hobart on Saturday, November 19th and Stanford as well as Bucknell on Sunday, November 20th.

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