No. 21 Squash Runs Win Streak To Seven With Wins Over No. 22 Dickinson and Georgetown

Senior Tyler Finkelstein
Senior Tyler Finkelstein

THE BASICS:

- Scores:

No. 21 MIT 6, No. 22 Dickinson College 3
No. 21 MIT 8, Georgetown University 1

- Records: No. 21 MIT (14-2), No. 22 Dickinson College (7-9), Georgetown University (NA)

- 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, extended its win streak to seven as the Engineers downed No. 22 Dickinson College, 6-3, and Georgetown University, 8-1, on Saturday afternoon inside the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. No. 22 Dickinson:


- Leading 4-1, MIT senior Tyler Finkelstein (Greenwich, Conn.) battled sophomore Hal Holappa to five sets at the No. 2 position and ultimately won 3-2 (5-11, 11-6, 11-7, 5-11, 11-8) to seal the match for the Engineers. Classmate Nikhil Punwaney (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) worked back from on 0-2 match deficit at the No. 4 position to defeat freshman Alex Wattles 6-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7.

- Junior Jeffrey Hu (Phoenixville, Pa.) also played to five sets against sophomore Harrison Mayo at the No. 5 position. The duo traded set points as the score sat at 8-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8 after four and it was Hu, who came out on top to win the final point at 11-9.

- Both freshman Vedaant Paul Kukadia (Manhasset, N.Y.) at the No. 3 position and classmate Wonjune Kang (Seoul, South Korea) at the No. 9 position earned sweeps over their respective opponents. Kukadia won 11-5, 11-4, 11-5, while Kang won 12-10, 11-4, 11-5.

- Trailing 0-1 after the first set, sophomore Peter Griggs (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) earned the final point for the Engineers as he came back to win 9-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-7 to leave the score at 6-3.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Georgetown:


- Seven out of eight of MIT's points in the day's second game against Georgetown came in 3-0 sweeps. Sophomore Justin Restivo (Phoenixville, Pa.) bounced back from his first match of the day to win 11-9, 11-8, 11-3 at the No. 1 position and was followed at the top of the ladder by Finkelstein, who won 11-4, 11-4, 11-8 at the No. 2 position and Kukadia, who won 11-2, 11-6, 11-2 at the No. 3 position.

- Hu played the closest match in this afternoon's contest as he dropped the first set of his match 7-11, but came back to win three straight 11-8, 11-2, 12-10 to clinch the point for the Engineers.

- Freshman Neel Das (Needham, Mass.) at No. 5, Griggs at No. 6, Kang at No. 7 and sophomore Elizabeth Wei (Seattle, Wash.) at No. 8 all posted 3-0 finals as well for MIT. Das won 11-9, 11-6, 11-3, Griggs won 11-2, 11-4, 11-7, Kang won 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 and Wei won 11-1, 12-10, 11-6 to close the highlights for the Engineers.

UP NEXT:

- Next weekend, MIT will head to Maine for a trio of matches against three nationally-ranked opponents. On Friday, January 27 the Engineers will take on No. 25 Bowdoin College and then on Saturday, January 28 will face-off with No. 23 Colby College and No. 18 Bates College.

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