No. 21 Squash Defeats No. 30 Haverford and Northwestern, 7-2, To Close Round Robin Play In Cambridge

Freshman Neel Das
Freshman Neel Das


- Scores:

No. 21 MIT 7, No. 30 Haverford College 2
No. 21 MIT 7, Northwestern University 2

- Records: MIT (11-2), Haverford College (5-4), Northwestern (NA)

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

- The Lead: The MIT squash team, ranked No. 21 in the College Squash Association's national poll and No. 9 in the College Squash Association's Division III poll, wrapped up play in the MIT Round Robin with 7-2 victories over No. 30 Haverford College and unranked Northwestern University inside the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center.


- MIT produced 3-0 sweeps in four of nine matches including victories from freshman Vedaant Paul Kukadia (Manhasset, N.Y.), junior Jeffrey Hu (Phoenixville, Pa.), freshman Neel Das (Needham, Mass.) and classmate Avery Lamp (Short Hills, N.J.).

- At the top of the ladder, sophomore Justin Restivo (Phoenixville, Pa.) had a 2-1 match lead after winning the third set in extra points 16-14, but his opponent retired before the match was complete. At the No. 2 position, senior Tyler Finkelstein (Greenwich, Conn.) earned an 11-7, 14-12, 9-11, 11-8 victory over Peter Dudley. 

- Sophomore Elizabeth Wei (Seattle, Wash.) gave MIT its seventh point of the match from the eighth position as she defeated Shilin Jog 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-3 in a back-and-forth battle for the point.


- At the No. 1 position, Restivo played the closest contest of the match. Restivo and Peter Haud traded sets back and forth before Restivo took the fifth set 11-3 to win the point 11-8, 6-11, 11-3, 11-13, 11-3.

- In positions two through five the Engineers earned 3-0 sweeps. Kukadia won 11-4, 11-4, 11-1 at No. 2, Das won 11-4, 11-4, 11-3 at No. 3, Lamp won 11-4, 11-7, 11-1 at No. 1 and sophomore Peter Griggs (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) won 11-6, 12-10, 11-6 at No. 5.

- Before Northwestern registered its first match point at the No. 7 position, freshman Wonjune Kang (Seoul, South Korea) defeated Nihar Shah, 11-4, 6-11, 11-1, 11-2 from the No. 6 position. Wei rounded out the winners for MIT as she swept her opponent 11-8, 11-6, 11-3 from the eighth position.


- MIT continues play next weekend with a trio of matches, which features two opponents that are nationally ranked. The Engineers will take on No. 29 Connecticut College on Friday, January 20 at 6:00 p.m. before playing No. 22 Dickinson College and Georgetown University the next day beginning at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., respectively.


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