March 5, 2002

Squashers Stumble in IISC/WISA Individual Finals

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Both the men’s and women’s Cornell squash teams had great outings this weekend at the Individual Finals.

Junior Tim Nagel ended what was a surprisingly strong run after losing to Nadeem Osman in the consolation final of the Intercollegiate Individual Squash Championships.

For the women, senior Olga Puigdemont Sola, ranked No. 6, fell to No. 3 Louisa Hall from Harvard in the WISA quarterfinals.

Tim Nagel was a huge surprise in the IISC, beating Trinity’s Guarow Juneja by a narrow margin of 3-2 in the tournament. He also defeated Williams’ Parth Doshi 3-2 to advance to the consolation final.

Sola had previously beaten Brown’s Liz Geddes and Harvard’s Carlen Wing before losing to Hall. She won both of these matches with ease, taking Geddes 3-0 (9-0, 9-2, 9-1) and Wing 3-0 (9-5, 9-5, 9-2). Sola’s loss was unpredicted, since she had won six previous matches in a row against Hall before her loss this weekend.

Junior Jeff Porter and senior Darryl Chow also participated for the men at the tournament. Porter fell early in the tournament to MIT’s Simon Bradbury, while Chow lost a 3-2 (6-9, 9-7, 3-9, 9-7, 9-0) squeaker to Princeton’s Dennett Wilkins.

The Red’s Melinda Lee was the only other member of the women’s squad to play this past weekend. She lost both of her first round matches, falling to Su Lynn Leong of Trinity, and then to Trinity’s Aisha Shah, 3-0.

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