CAMBRIDGE – In their season-opening match, the No. 27 Tufts men's squash team picked up an 8-1 win over No. 31 Wesleyan at Harvard on Saturday afternoon.
|Freshman Marco Rodriguez won in his collegiate debut|
The Jumbos are 1-0 after their first win of the season. The match was also the first of the season for Wesleyan (0-1).
Junior Raghav Kumar picked up right where he left off last season, picking up a win in the top spot for the Jumbos. He faced off with Sean Choi and won the first two games before Choi was able to manage a win. But, Kumar won the fourth game in extra points for the 12-10, 11-5, 8-11, 13-11 win.
Freshman Marco Rodriguez had a strong collegiate debut, winning in three games over Josh Lane in the third position (11-9, 11-5, 11-4). In the fourth position, classmate Dillon O'Shea also had a great collegiate debut, beating Kevin Le in three games, 11-7, 11-4, 11-4. Senior Alan Litman needed just three games to win over Peter Delalio in the fifth position (11-7, 11-8, 11-7).
In the sixth position junior Connor Wind took on Alex Dreyfus and won in three games, 11-5, 11-8, 11-4. Freshman William Dewire won a shortened game in the seventh position over Andrew Doucette. Senior co-captain Brett Raskopf allowed his Cardinal opponent to score just 12 points across three games in his win in the eighth position (11-5, 11-1, 11-6). Rounding out the Jumbos lineup was sophomore Salik Awan who beat Johnny Hayes, 11-3, 11-8, 11-2, in the ninth position.
Taking the courts in the second position, freshman Konrad Ladow was able to win the first game, but he fell in the next three, two in extra points, with the Cardinal's Yahya Ladiwala (8-11, 12-10, 11-9, 12-10).
The Jumbos are back in action on Sunday morning when they take on Colby at Harvard. Wesleyan plays again on Saturday, December 1 when they host Hobart for a 9 am start.