No. 20 Squash Upended By No. 22 Colby and No. 16 Bates

Freshman Wonjune Kang
Freshman Wonjune Kang

THE BASICS:

- Scores:

No. 22 Colby College 5, No. 20 MIT 4
No. 16 Bates College 9, No. 20 MIT 0

- Records: No. 20 MIT (15-4), No. 22 Colby College (9-9), No. 16 Bates College (11-2)

- Location: Lewiston, Maine (Bates Squash Center)

- The Lead: On day two in Maine, the No. 20 ranked MIT squash team fell to No. 22 Colby College, 5-4, and No. 16 Bates College, 9-0. The pair of losses snapped the Engineers' eight game win streak that began at the start of the 2017 calendar year.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. No. 22 Colby College:

- At the No. 3 position, freshman Vedaant Paul Kukadia (Manhasset, N.Y.) fell behind after the first set (11-9), but won three straight to take MIT's first point of the match 9-11, 11-1, 11-4, 11-3. 

- Both junior Jeffrey Hu (Phoenixville, Pa.) at the No. 5 position and freshman Avery Lamp (Short Hills, N.J.) at the No. 7 position, won in five and four-set thrillers, respectively, to keep MIT alive in the fight against Colby. Hu won 10-12, 11-3, 3-11, 11-6, 11-6, while Lamp won 15-13, 5-11, 11-4, 11-8.

- Much as the rest of the team, freshman Wonjune Kang (Seoul, South Korea) fell behind early 8-11 after the first set, but was able to come back and win 11-2, 12-10, 11-9 for MIT's fourth and final point. Despite falling 5-4 in the match, MIT was able to win at least one set in eight of nine possible matches this afternoon.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. No. 16 Bates College:

- Kukadia, who competed at the No. 3 position, took his first set by an 11-9 score, but his opponent Darrius Campbell won the final three sets 11-5, 11-9, 11-9 to earn the point for Bates.

- Senior Nikhil Punwaney (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) and sophomore Peter Griggs (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) were the only other Engineers to take a set during the match as the remainder of the points fell by 3-0 sweeps. Punwaney took the second set (7-11, 11-7, 6-11, 8-11) and Griggs jumped out to the 1-0 lead before Graham Bonell won the final three to win 5-11, 11-3, 11-0, 11-4.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is off until Friday, February 10 as the Engineers will host Tufts University beginning at 6:00 p.m. inside the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center.

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