No. 26 Squash Tops Stanford and Bucknell To End Navy Tournament 4-1

No. 26 Squash Tops Stanford and Bucknell To End Navy Tournament 4-1

THE BASICS:

- Scores:

No. 26 MIT 6, Stanford University 3
No. 26 MIT 9, Bucknell University 0

- Loction: Annapolis, Md.

- Records: MIT (7-1), Stanford University (1-2), Bucknell University (2-2)

- The Lead: The MIT squash team, ranked No. 26 in the latest College Squash Association (CSA) poll, defeated Stanford University, 6-3, and Bucknell University, 9-0, to end competition at the Navy Tournament with an overall record of 4-1. In three days in Maryland, the Engineers topped Denison College, No. 22 Hobart College and the two teams above. Their only loss came to No. 14 Navy.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. STANFORD:


- The bottom half of MIT's ladder came through as the Engineers took positions five through nine to seal the win over Stanford. Junior Jeffrey Hu (Phoenixville, Pa.), freshman Neel Das (Needham, Mass.) and classmate Wonjune Kang (Seoul, South Korea) all produced 3-0 sweeps at their respective positions (five, seven and nine). 

- Freshman Avery Lamp (Short Hills, N.J.) registered a hard fought 3-2 victory over M. Stevens in the eighth position. Lamp took an early 2-0 lead (11-7, 11-6), but Stevens tied the match at 2-2 after winning sets three and four by an 11-8, 11-7 margin. It was ultimately Lamp who cam through for MIT as his clinched his point by winning 11-9 in the fifth.

- Senior Dominic Hansford (Darien, Conn.) and freshman Vedaant Paul Kukadia (Manhasset, N.Y.) both won by 3-1 margins. Both individuals only dropped the second set as Kukadia won 11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 12-10 and Hansford won 11-8, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7, leading MIT to the victory and bouncing back from last year's loss at the CSA Team National Championship.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. BUCKNELL:

- The Engineers won seven of their nine matches by 3-0 sweeps. Sophomore Justin Restivo (Phoenixville, Pa.), Kukadia, Hu, Hansford, Das, Lamp and Kang and produced clean sheet wins at their respective positions. Lamp gave up the fewest points during his match at the No. 8 position as he won 11-3, 11-3, 11-5.

- Senior Tyler Finkelstein (Greenwich, Conn.) and graduate student Bowen Baker (Nevada City, Calif.) each won their matches by 3-1 finals. Finkelstein defeated his opponent 11-1, 7-11, 11-8, 11-7 at the No. 2 position and Baker came back from a set down to win 5-11, 11-2, 11-3, 11-5.

UP NEXT:

- MIT has a few weeks off before competing again as the Engineers will next be in action on Sunday, December 4th at Williams College for a match against the No. 18 ranked Ephs beginning at 2:00 p.m.

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