No. 21 Squash Powers Past No. 24 Amherst In Regular Season Finale

No. 21 Squash Powers Past No. 24 Amherst In Regular Season Finale

THE BASICS:

Score: No. 21 MIT 7, No. 24 Amherst College 2

Records: No. 21 MIT (17-4), No. 24 Amherst College (7-10)

Location: Amherst, Mass. (Davenport Squash Courts)

The Lead: The No. 21 MIT squash team closed the regular season today with a 7-2 win over No. 24 Amherst College. Today's victory marked the first time since the 1988-89 season that the Engineers have defeated Amherst. The win also puts MIT one win shy of its program record of 18 set a year ago. The Engineers will compete in CSA Team National Championship next weekend looking to smash that mark.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- At the top of the ladder, MIT sophomore Justin Restivo (Phoenixville, Pa.) and senior Tyler Finkelstein (Greenwich, Conn.) earned 3-1 wins over their respective opponents. Restivo bested sophomore Harith Khawaja 11-8, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8 at the No. 1 position, while Finkelstein won 10-12, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 over senior Michael Groot at the No. 2 position.

- Freshman Neel Das (Needham, Mass.) and graduate-student Bowen Baker (Nevada City, Calif.) earned the only 3-0 decisions of the afternoon as Das won 11-5, 11-3, 12-10 at the No. 6 position and Baker won 11-5, 11-3, 11-5 at the No. 7 position.

- Senior Nikhil Punwaney (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) and junior Jeffrey Hu (Phoenixville, Pa.) won their respective match in back-and-forth 3-2 affairs. Punwaney took the early 2-0 lead on two sets that went to extra points (14-12, 13-11) before junior Cameron Bahadori took the next two to even the match at 2-2. Punwaney won the fifth and final set 11-8 to win the No. 4 position. Hu, on the other hand, fell behind 0-2 (9-11, 7-11) before winning the final three sets (11-1, 11-7, 11-5) to claim the No. 5 position.

- Freshman Wonjune Kang (Seoul, South Korea) and sophomore Peter Griggs (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) rounded out the list of winners for the Engineers this afternoon. Kang won 11-6, 11-9, 10-12, 8-11, 11-8 at the No. 9 position, while Griggs won 6-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-9 at the No. 10 position.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will co-host the College Squash Association's (CSA) Team National Championship along with crosstown rival Harvard University next weekend. Brackets for the tournament will be revealed early next week with competition beginning on Friday, February 17 and will continue through Sunday, February 19, 2017.

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