Squash Falls To Williams, 9-0, In Battle Of Two Nationally Ranked Programs

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THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 19 Williams College 9, No. 22 MIT 0

- Records: No. 22 MIT (8-2), No. 19 Williams College (4-3)

- Location: Williamstown, Mass. (Simon Squash Center)

- The Lead: In a battle of two nationally ranked teams this afternoon, the No. 22 MIT squash team came up short to No. 19 Williams College, 9-0, on Sunday afternoon inside the Simon Squash Center. Five of the nine matches were played to five sets and three others were played to four in a very competitive matchup.

HOW IT HAPPENED: 

- In positions two through four, senior Tyler Finkelstein (Greenwich, Conn.), freshman Vedaant Paul Kukadia (Manhasset, N.Y.) and senior Nikhil Punwaney (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) all played their matches to five sets. Finkelstein fell behind after one and took a 2-1 lead through three, but his opponent Will Means claimed the final two sets to ultimately win 11-8, 8-11, 6-11, 12-10, 11-4. Kukadia registered wins over the first two sets (11-6, 11-8), but John Shuck won the final three sets 11-5, 12-10, 11-5.

- Punwaney and Mason Elizondo traded sets and were tied at 2-2 heading into the fifth (6-11, 11-4, 11-8, 9-11). In the deciding set, Elizondo won in extra points, 12-10, to give him the 3-2 point.

- Junior Jeffrey Hu (Phoenixville, Pa.), graduate student Bowen Baker (Nevada City, Calif.) and senior Dominic Hansford (Darien, Conn.) were all able to take a set at positions five through seven but fell in the end by 3-1 scores. Hu dropped his match 12-10, 5-11, 11-7, 13-11, Baker fell 8-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-4 and Hansford fell 11-7, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6, securing the match for the Ephs.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is now off until after the New Year as the Engineers will host their own round robin beginning on Friday January 13th against crosstown rivals Northeastern University and Boston College. Action gets underway at 4:00 p.m. from inside the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center.

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