|Raghav Kumar won a tight battle in the first position on Friday.|
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – In their opening match of the 2019 NESCAC Men's Squash Championship the seventh-seeded Jumbos collected a commanding 9-0 win over tenth-seeded Wesleyan on Friday evening.
With the win the Jumbos advance to take on second-seeded Middlebury on Saturday at 12:15 pm. This is the first time the Jumbos have won their first match of the NESCAC Tournament since the 2009-10 season when they topped Connecticut College in the opening round of play.
Freshman Dillon O'Shea collected the first win for the Jumbos on Friday night, taking on Alex Dreyfus in the sixth position and picking up a three-game win (11-3, 11-1, 11-9). Senior captain Aidan Porges turned in the next win, topping Scott Ji in the ninth position, 11-8, 11-6, 11-4. Rookie Marco Rodriguez picked up a win in his first NESCAC Championship appearance, but it took four games to get it. Rodriguez won the first game in the third position, but Cardinal Josh Lane picked up an 11-9 win in the second game. Rodriguez responded well, winning 11-1 and 11-6 to earn the third win of the match for the Jumbos.
Freshman Will Dewire was next to collect a win, topping Kevin Le in three close games in the fifth position (11-9, 12-10, 11-7). Senior co-captain Brett Raskopf kept the Jumbos rolling, collecting a win over Andrew Doucette in the eighth position, 14-12, 11-4, 11-5. In the second position freshman Konrad LaDow won the first two games over Yahya Ladiwala. Ladiwala picked up an 11-7 win in the third game, but then LaDow tallied another point for the Jumbos with an 11-6 win in the fourth game.
Junior Connor Wind needed just three games to win over Peter Delalio, and he was the next Jumbo to put a point on the board with his 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 win in the seventh spot. Senior Alan Litman took on Will Bienstock in the fourth position, and won in three games, 11-7, 11-5, 11-8. The last Jumbo win came from the top position as junior Raghav Kumar battled Sean Choi. Kumar won the first game 11-8, but Choi answered back and took the second game 11-9. Kumar once again took a lead with an 11-6 win in game three, but Choi responded with an 11-9 win to even things at two. Kumar won the decisive fifth game, 11-7, to complete the sweep for the Jumbos.
The Jumbos will now battle second-seeded Middlebury on Saturday at 12:15. Earlier this year the Jumbos fell to the Panthers, 8-1, with Raskopf picking up the lone win.