No. 21 Squash Blanks No. 29 Connecticut College, 9-0

No. 21 Squash Blanks No. 29 Connecticut College, 9-0

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 21 MIT 9, No. 29 Connecticut College 0

- Records: No. 21 MIT (12-2), No. 29 Connecticut College (3-7)

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

- The Lead: The MIT squash team, ranked No. 21 in the latest College Squash Association (CSA) national poll, blanked No. 29 Connecticut College at home, 9-0, on the first day of the MIT Round Robin. The Engineers earned their 12th win of the season and improve to a perfect 8-0 at home this year.

HOW IT HAPPENED:


- The Engineers claimed seven of the nine position points by 3-0 scores. At the top of the ladder, sophomore Justin Restivo (Phoenixville, Pa.) defeated Matt Lillie 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 at the No. 1 position and was followed by senior Tyler Finkelstein (Greenwich, Conn.), who topped Daniel Resiman 11-1, 12-10, 11-4 at the No. 2 position and freshman Vedaant Paul Kukadia (Manhasset, N.Y.), who bested John Dunham 11-5, 11-5, 11-8 at the No. 3 position.

- In positions four and six, senior Nikhil Punwaney (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) and freshman Neel Das (Needham, Mass.) allowed their opponents to hold onto a single set point but both matches ended in 3-1 finals in favor of the Engineers. Punwaney won 11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 11-7, while Das won 9-11, 11-3, 11-1, 15-13.

- The remainder of the Engineers who competed tonight ended their matchups by winning 3-0 to secure the 9-0 team sweep of Connecticut College. In 31 matches all-time with the Camels, MIT is now 21-10 in a series which dates back to the 1988-89 season.

UP NEXT:

- MIT has a quick turnaround as the Engineers will take on No. 22 Dickinson College at 10:30 a.m. before hosting Georgetown University at 2:00 p.m. from inside the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center.

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