Nov. 22, 2004
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - MIT opened the 2004-05 season this past weekend playing without two of its top players and with only three players having any varsity experience. The Engineers lost to Middlebury College and Wesleyan University by identical scores of 6-3. Nikhil Khanna, Adam Bushashia, and Adam Deshpande posted victories in the top-three spots against Middlebury.
Against Wesleyan, Khanna won in the No. 1 position, 9-5, 10-8, 10-8. Right behind him was Bushashia, who earned a 9-8, 3-9, 9-6, 9-2, victory. The match of the day was played by senior Nicholas Baksh, who competed in his first varsity match. With the match already in the Cardinals' favor, a large crowd watched Baksh win in five long games at the No. 7 slot. He took the first game, 9-6, but lost the next two, 2-9, 5-9. Baksh came back to take the last two games, 9-7, 10-8, for the victory. HongLuu Nguyen also had a dramatic performance in the No. 8 spot. After dropping the first two games, 10-0, 9-0, Nguyen bounced back with a pair of wins (9-3, 9-6), before falling, 9-0, in the final frame.