March 1, 2004

Squash Finishes Eighth at Tourney

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After going 8-4 in the regular season, the men’s squash team finished eighth at the annual national championships in New Haven, Conn. this past weekend. The No. 6 Red opened the tourney with a 9-0 loss to No. 3 Yale. The squashers then suffered a close 6-3 defeat to No. 7 Western Ontario in the consolation bracket. Yesterday, the squashers lost a hard-fought 5-4 match against No. 8 Penn.

Trinity College won the overall title, defeating Harvard 5-4. The Bantams will once again bring home the Potter Cup, the top prize in men’s squash. Trinity has not lost a match since 1998.

All three tournament games were rematches for the Red.

Back in January, Cornell lost to Yale, 9-0, in New Haven. This time around, the Elis once again utilized home-court advantage, as well as its deep lineup. Yale has three of the nation’s top 20 players.

In November, the squashers played head coach Scott Stoneburgh’s alma mater, Western Ontario, defeating the Mustangs, 6-3. That month the Red also defeated Penn, 6-3.

Before the tournament, Stoneburgh noted Western Ontario had not brought its best game in the fall, and that his old team would play much better this time around.

His prediction was right.

The Mustangs won all of their matches in the bottom half of the lineup, in addition to wins at the one and three spots. Cornell junior Mike Delany, along with sophomores Will Cheng and Matt Greenberg, captured the Red’s three wins.

Cornell gave its best performance of the tournament against Penn. Several of the nine matches went to the maximum five games. Sophomore Matt Serediak, freshman Rohit Gupta, Delany, and Greenberg were all victorious, but Penn managed to win the lower ladder spots and take the match.

Despite its disappointing tournament play, the Red still enjoyed an impressive year. With regular-season wins against Ivy rivals Penn and Brown, Cornell cemented its place as a solid team in squash’s toughest conference. Cornell also defeated Amherst College and Williams College this year, both by a score of 9-0.

Several members of the squash team will compete in the individual nationals in Canton, N.Y., starting Friday.

Archived article by Ted Nyman