- Score: No. 22 MIT 8, No. 28 Tufts University 1
- Records: No. 22 MIT (15-5), No. 28 Tufts University (7-11)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Squash Courts)
- The Lead: In the regular season finale for the No. 22 MIT squash team, the Engineers picked up their 15th win of the year with an 8-1 win over No. 28 Tufts University on Thursday evening in Cambridge. With the victory, MIT earned its tenth win of the year over a nationally-ranked opponent and conclude the year with a 7-2 record at home.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Engineers earned six of their eight points by sweeping those respective matches. Freshman Joe O'Connor (Madison, N.J.) led the charge for MIT with his 12-10, 11-5, 11-7 win at position one over Raghav Kumar. Classmates Henry Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Robert Williamson (Weston, Mass.) also posted 3-0 victories as Martin defeated Cameron Ewan 11-8, 11-1, 11-6 at position three and Williamson defeated Salik Awan 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 at position six.
- Senior captain Jeffrey Hu (Phoenixville, Pa.) and sophomores Neel Das (Needham, Mass.) and Wonjune Kang (Seoul, South Korea) also bested their respective by 3-0 scores. Hu defeated Daniel Hutt 11-6, 11-7, 11-7 at position five, Das beat Josh Lee 11-6, 13-11, 11-5 at position eight and Kang defeated Amun Sahrawat 11-6, 11-7, 11-5 at position nine.
- Sophomore Vedaant Paul Kukadia (Manhasset, N.Y.) edged Alan Litman in five sets at position two as Kukadia took the match by set scores of 13-11, 11-1, 11-13, 4-11, 14-12, while freshman William Wu (Eagleville, Pa.) posted MIT's eighth point as position four as he took down Aidan Porges 11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9.
- At position seven, MIT junior Justin Restivo (Phoenixville, Pa.) was edged in five sets as he fell to Aman Navani by a score of 5-11, 11-6, 9-11, 13-11, 9-11.
- In exhibition play, sophomore Avery Lamp (Short Hills, N.J.) defeated Imran Trehan 11-5, 11-2, 9-11, 10-12, 12-10.
- MIT will await seeding for the College Squash Association Team National Championship which is slated to take place from February 23-25 at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Be sure to keep an eye out for more information on MITAthletics.com as we will release the tournament information as soon as it is made available.