|Senior co-captain Brett Raskopf won in straight games at #3|
CAMBRIDGE – The 27th ranked Tufts University men's squash team earned a 5-4 victory against #23 Colby College in a match played at Harvard on Sunday.
Colby defeated the Jumbos 9-0 last year. This time the depth of the Jumbo roster made the difference in the exciting victory, as Tufts won the seventh through ninth matches in the order. The win gave Tufts a 2-0 opening weekend, including their 8-1 victory against #31 Wesleyan on Saturday.
The most impressive win of the day for Tufts came at #5 where senior Alan Litman went five games to defeat Jason Brodo from Colby. After Litman won the first game 11-6, Brodo rallied for 11-9 and 11-7 victories to take a lead. However, Litman finished off the win with a pair of 11-6 scores. The victory was Tufts' fifth of the match to secure the result.
Tufts' other victory in the top five matches was also notable as freshman Marco Rodriguez lost the first game in the third match 11-9 before coming back to run off 11-9, 11-3, 11-8 scores to win the match against Colby's Alexander Kurtin.
Freshman Will Dewire had the victory at #7 for Tufts by an 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 score. Senior co-captain Brett Raskopf won a competitive 11-9 game in his #8 match before taking 11-6 and 11-1 wins for a sweep. In the ninth spot, sophomore Salik Awan earned an 11-1, 11-4, 11-9 final over Colby's Ian Mansfield as the Jumbos ruled the lower third of the order.
Colby's Elliott Gross defeated Jumbo junior Raghav Kumar 11-4, 11-6, 11-6 in the #1 match. The Mules took three of the top four matches including a 6-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-4, 11-6 #2 match in which Tufts freshman Konrad LaDow fell.
The Tufts men will match up against second-ranked Harvard when they return to action on November 28.