No. 20 Squash Defeats No. 21 Bates in CSA Team National Championship Opener

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THE BASICS:

Score: No. 20 MIT 6, No. 21 Bates College 3

Records: No. 20 MIT (14-8); No. 21 Bates College (9-9)

Location: New Haven, Conn. (Brady Squash Center)

The Lead: The No. 20 nationally-ranked MIT squash team defeated No. 21 Bates College, 6-3, in the first round of the Summers Cup at the 2019 College Squash Association (CSA) Team National Championship. Today's win marks the first victory for the Engineers in the opening round of the national tournament since 2011.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- First-year Keith Lamp (Short Hills, N.J.) clinched the first point for the Engineers as he came from two sets down at position six to win 6-11, 3-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-7. Sophomore Robert Williamson (Weston, Mass.) doubled MIT's lead to 2-0 as he defeated Dylan Muldoon 3-1 at position nine by set scores of 11-13, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5.

- Bates knotted the score up at 2-2 through the first four matches of the day as Coley Cannon swept MIT sophomore William Wu (Eagleville, Pa.), 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 at position five and Omar Attia defeated sophomore Henry Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 11-9, 7-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-4 at position three.

- MIT and Bates traded points to keep the score even, but this time at 3-3. MIT junior Neel Das (Needham, Mass.) defeated Benni McComish, 11-5, 11-9, 5-11, 11-1 at position eight, while Bates' Mahmoud Yousry edged MIT sophomore Joe O'Connor (Madison, N.J.) 8-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-4, 11-7.

- Junior Vedaant Paul Kukadia (Manhasset, N.Y.) gave the Engineers a 4-3 edge with his four-set win over Jesper Phillips at position four as Kukadia won 8-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-8. Sophomore Brad Levin (Cockeysville, Md.) clinched the match for MIT with his three-set sweep (15-13, 11-2, 11-7) over Garon Rothenberga t position seven.

- First-year Aman Sanger (New York, N.Y.) added an insurance point for MIT with his 11-1, 9-11, 12-10, 12-10 win over Graham Bonnell at position one as the Engineers claimed the 6-3 win over the Bobcats in the opening round of the Summers Cup bracket. 

UP NEXT:

- MIT will play top-seeded and No. 17 ranked Williams College tomorrow morning at 8:30 am in the semifinal round of the 2019 Summers Cup.

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