No. 21 Squash Defeats No. 20 Bates for First Time since 1997-98

No. 21 Squash Defeats No. 20 Bates for First Time since 1997-98

THE BASICS:

Score: No. 21 MIT 7, No. 20 Bates College 2

Records: No. 21 MIT (12-3); No. 20 Bates College (5-6)

Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center)

The Lead: MIT junior Vedaant Paul Kukadia (Manhasset, N.Y.) clinched the match for the No. 21 Engineers as he swept Jesper Phillips of No. 20 Bates College at position number four. The 7-2 victory for MIT pushed its win streak to six and marks the first time since the 1997-98 season that the Engineers have defeated the Bobcats.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Only two positions were decided in three sets tonight as the match was close the entire way through. Kukadia swept Phillips, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 at position four and sophomore Brad Levin (Cockeysville, Md.) defeated Benni McComish, 11-5, 11-7, 11-4 at position seven. 

- At position one, first-year Aman Sanger (New York, N.Y.) dropped the opening set, 11-8, but came back to win three straight sets and the point for MIT with his 8-11, 14-12, 11-3, 12-10 win over Graham Bonnell. At position two, sophomore Joe O'Connor (Madison, N.J.) and Mahmoud Yousry split the first two sets, but O'Connor ended up with the point for the Engineers with his 11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 11-2 win. Classmate Henry Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) took a commanding 2-0 lead in his match with Omar Attia and won 13-11, 11-9, 11-13, 11-7 at position three.

- Sophomore William Wu (Eagleville, Pa.) and first-year Keith Lamp (Short Hills, N.J.) lost in the first set of their respective matches and both came from a set down to win in four. Wu topped Coley Cannon, 10-12, 11-4, 15-13, 11-8 at position five and Lamp defeated Garon Rothenberg, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5 at position six. 

- Positions eight and nine were both played out to five sets and were both back and forth all the way through. Bates won both points as Dylan Muldoon edged sophomore Robert Williamson (Weston, Mass.), 10-12, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7, 11-6 and Peter Koenigsbauer topped senior Justin Restivo (Phoenixville, Pa.), 13-11, 5-11, 13-15, 11-3, 12-10.

UP NEXT:

- MIT heads to the University of Virginia for the MASC Round Robin which will take place from February 1 through February 3. While there, the No. 21 Engineers will play No. 12 George Washington, No. 14 Virginia, No. 17 Franklin & Marshall and No. 25 Dickinson.

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