MIT Squash Rolls Into National Final With 7-2 Win Over No. 17 Williams

MIT Squash Rolls Into National Final With 7-2 Win Over No. 17 Williams

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 20 MIT 7, No. 17 Williams College 2

- Records: No. 20 MIT (15-8); No. 17 Williams College (15-11)

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

- The Lead: For just the second time in program history and first time since 2011, the MIT squash team has advanced to the final round of the College Squash Association (CSA) Team National Championship as today the No. 20 ranked Engineers topped No. 17 Williams College, 7-2. MIT avenged a loss from just a week ago against the Ephs when host Williams defeated the Engineers 7-2 in Western Massachusetts.

The win today guarantees the Engineers a final national ranking of either No. 17 or No. 18 which will be the highest for MIT since 1999-2000 when the Cardinal and Gray finished its campaign at No. 16.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT jumped out to a 2-0 lead behind wins from sophomore Henry Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and first-year Keith Lamp (Short Hills, N.J.). Martin defeated Carl Shuck in straight sets 11-6, 14-12, 11-3 at position three, while Kamp came from one set down to beat Krish Bhavnani, 8-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-9 at position six.

- Williams cut its deficit in half at position nine as Ben Eisenberg edged MIT sophomore Robert Williamson (Weston, Mass.), 8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 2-11, 11-5 at position nine. The Engineers, however, answered right back and grew their lead back to two after sophomore Joe O'Connor (Madison, N.J.) swept Wyatt Khosrowshahi 11-5, 11-5, 11-9 at position two.

- Both teams traded the next two points as sophomore William Wu (Eagleville, Pa.) was edged by Jacob Bassil, 10-12, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9, 11-7 at position five, but first-year Aman Sanger (New York, N.Y.) took the next point for MIT with his 7-11, 12-10, 13-11, 11-7 win over John Fitzgerald at position one. Through the first six matches of the day, MIT held a 4-2 advantage.

- Needing just one point to send the Engineers to their first CSA Team National Championship final since 2011, MIT looked to junior Neel Das (Needham, Mass.), who did just that as he defeated David Pincus 11-6, 11-9, 8-11, 5-11, 11-6 at position eight.

- MIT junior Vedaant Paul Kukadia (Manhasset, N.Y.) and sophomore Brad Levin (Cockeysville, Md.) gave the Engineers two bonus points with wins in their respective matches. Kukadia bested William Means 12-10, 11-7, 5-11, 7-11, 11-4 at position four, while Levin topped AJ Solecki 9-11, 12-10, 13-11, 4-11, 11-9 at position seven to give MIT a 7-2 win.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will be looking for its first national championship title tomorrow as the No. 20 ranked Engineers play No. 19 Brown University in the final round of the Summers Cup bracket at 11:00 am at the 2019 CSA Team National Championship which is being hosted by Yale University.

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