Men’s squash falls to Dartmouth, prepares for 1st round of Nationals

After a second-place finish at NESCACs, men’s squash (13-9) traveled to Hanover, N.H., to take on Dartmouth last Wednesday. In the last match of the regular season, the Ephs fell to the Big Green 9-0.

Despite the scoreboard, Williams put forth an impressive effort. Four out of the nine competing Ephs took games off of his opponent, resulting in highly competitive squash in an even more competitive atmosphere.

Jamie Ruggiero ’17 played in the No. 1 position for Williams, taking on Dartmouth’s Alvin Heumann. Ruggiero battled out three tough games 12-10, 11-8, 11-8 before Heumann took the victory. Kevin Chen ’15 at No. 2 put up an impressive fight against Alexander Greer, losing the first game 8-11 before posting an impressive 11-4 win in the second game. However, Chen could not keep his momentum, losing the third game in a close 11-8 and the fourth and final game 11-3.

Dartmouth continued to prove its dominance down the ladder as co-captain Christopher Wilkinson ’15 and Galen Squiers ’16 both lost in three games, 11-5, 11-5, 13-11 and 11-9, 11-6, 11-4, respectively. However, the No. 5 and No. 6 for Williams went down fighting. John Shuck ’17 and Michael Petrick ’16, similarly to Chen, both took their opponents to four games. This happened again in the remainder of Williams’ ladder as co-captain Nicholas Greaves-Tunnell ’15 also battled to four before succumbing to his opponent. Jamie Havran ’18 and Varun Sharma ’16 rounded out the ladder for the Ephs in the No. 7 and No. 9 positions on the ladder, respectively.

“I was really pleased with our team’s performance this weekend,” Head Coach Zafi Levy ’01 said. “We have played hard all season long and challenged the top teams in the country frequently. This weekend was no different.”

“We’re disappointed we lost, but from a captain’s perspective it was a good tune up for the adverse conditions at Nationals. We’re feeling very confident going into this weekend’s tournament,” Wilkinson said.

The men will spend the remainder of the week preparing for Nationals. They face Drexel in Hartford, Conn. on Friday in the first round of Nationals.

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