It was a tale of two sides of the Belkin International Squash Courts Friday, as the Cornell men’s side dominated on its own turf with a 7-2 win over Brown, while at the same time across the building the women were swept 9-0 by the Bears. The men’s record now stands at 8-5 — good for seventh in the national rankings, while the women ended its regular season 4-9 and 10th nationally.
“I was a little nervous starting out considering all our injuries and illness, but everyone came out well,” said men’s coach Mark Devoy. “We ended up playing better than I expected and got a great result.”
The Red ended its season much as the team began it back in mid-November — with a convincing win over a lower-ranked opponent. Once again receiving consistent play throughout the lineup, the Red won all matches from the first to the sixth spots with the six players combining to drop only four sets. Junior Matt Serediak, playing No. 1 for the Red, climbed back after dropping the first two sets to claim victory in the final three. Sophomore Brad Mosier fought back in similar fashion, winning the fifth and final set 10-8 after losing two of the first three. Friday’s match also marked the return of junior Ben Bernstein who, coming off a two week hiatus, showed few signs of rust in his four set victory. Also notching wins for the Red were junior William Cheng, senior Mike Delany and junior Nick Raho.
“I was impressed with how everyone came out,” Devoy said. “Now it’s time to get everyone in a good frame of mind and keep healthy.”
Unfortunately for the Red, the women could not match the men’s success and muster up a victory over the higher-ranked Bears. Nothing seemed to fall in place for the Red as it struggled to keep pace in every match. The Red played hard in every match; yet, could not string together enough points to take a set from the Bears.
“It was a little disappointing,” said head coach Julee Devoy. “I would have liked to have gotten more points and the odd set or two, but it was one of those days where we were just a little flat.”
The teams will return to action for national tournament play.
Archived article by Matt Gorman
Sun Staff Writer