November 11, 2003

Men's Squash Mixes It up at Scrimmages

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The men’s squash team had high hopes heading into this weekend’s Ivy Scrimmages. After a strong start the team quickly fizzled, however, going just 1-2 in pre-season play. The men beat Brown 7-2 but fell to Dartmouth and Yale.

Despite dropping two Ivy contests, there were several bright spots for the young team. Among them was the play of freshman Rohit Gupta, who was one of three players to earn a pair of wins for Cornell.

“It was a much higher level of competition coming from high school, but it was a great feeling to get my first collegiate win,” said Gupta.

The rookie began by downing Brown’s Aaron Rosenthal 3-0, and followed up with a 3-0 sweep of Dartmouth’s Jim Crandell. Despite Gutpa’s efforts, the Red still lost to Dartmouth by one match.

“It was a really tough match because we went in with high expectations,” said the freshman.

Junior Mike Delany was another squasher to win two matches this weekend. Delany downed both Brown’s Sean O’Boyle, and Dartmouth’s Jesse Nisselson by a score of 3-1.

Sophomore Matt Serediak — last season’s All-American — had a tougher time at the No. 1 spot. Serediak swept Brown’s Breck Bailey, but was swept himself in matches with Dartmouth and Yale. Sophomores Matt Greenberg and Ben Stokes followed suit, beating Brown but losing to Dartmouth and Yale.

Only one red squasher managed to find victory against Yale — freshman Teddy Hill. Playing in the last spot, Hill swept his opponent from Brown and eased his way to a 3-1 victory over Quincy Fennesbresquel from Yale.

Archived article by Matt Janiga

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