CLINTON, NY - The Ephs beat Colby in a tight encounter before bowing out to Bates at the semifinals of NESCAC championships at Hamilton on Saturday.
All matches thus far at NESCAC's have utilized the five court system. As such, in the morning match against Colby, sophomores Carl Shuck (#2) and Claude Smith (#6), freshman Wyatt Khosrowshahi (#4), and junior Will Ruggiero (#8) all led off play for the Ephs. Ruggiero, after losing the first game, waged a nice comeback to win 3-1. Shuck battled his way to a hard-earned five game victory. Khosrowshahi played another five gamer, but finished on the wrong end in his match, losing 3-2. Smith struggled to get a hold in his match and was defeated 3-0, leaving the match deadlocked at 2-2 after the first wave of play. Closing for the Ephs in the second wave of play were juniors John Fitzgerald (#1) and Anand Butler (#5), sophomore Will Means (#3), and senior co-captains Andrew Litvin (#7) and Mason Elizondo (#9). Fitzgerald turned in a strong 3-0 win to add another point for the Ephs. Butler was defeated in a tight four game match. Litvin, Elizondo, and Means all played five game battles that could have gone either way, and in the end Litvin came up just short but Elizondo and Means were able to pull out a pair of wins to earn two crucial points for the Ephs as they went on to win 5-4.
In the afternoon match against Bates, sophomores Carl Shuck (#2) and Claude Smith (#6), freshman Wyatt Khosrowshahi (#4), and senior co-captain Jamie Havran (#8) kicked the match off for the Ephs. It was a slow start for the Ephs, with Smith, Khosrowshahi, and Havran all coming short in 3, 4, and 5 games, respectively. Shuck was able to earn the sole win from the opening wave of play with a solid 3-0 victory. Juniors John Fitzgerald (#1), Anand Butler (#5), Ben Eisenberg (#7), and Will Ruggiero (#9), along with sophomore Will Means (#3) followed on with the Ephs needing at least four wins from these five matches to potentially win the overall match. Things started looking up as Ruggiero won 3-0, but unfortunately the comeback was not to be. Eisenberg, Means, and Butler all played thrilling five game matches, but only Eisenberg could earn another point for the Ephs. Fitzgerald was also defeated in a tough 3-1 match, to round out the overall match 6-3 to the Bobcats.
The Ephs look to bounce back in tomorrow's match against Middlebury at 1 pm at Hamilton's Little Squash Center.
|1. John Fitzgerald (WILM) def. Will McBrian (COLM) 11-7, 11-4, 11-8|
|2. Carl Shuck (WILM) def. Ben Kwass (COLM) 9-11, 11-4, 11-3, 8-11, 13-11|
|3. Will Means (WILM) def. Elliot Gross (COLM) 6-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-2, 11-5|
|4. Will Pepi (COLM) def. Wyatt Khosrowshahi (WILM) 7-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 13-11|
|5. Alex Kurtin (COLM) def. Anand Butler (WILM) 6-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-5|
|6. Chase Holding (COLM) def. Claude Smith (WILM) 11-3, 11-7, 11-5|
|7. Jason Brodo (COLM) def. Andrew Litvin (WILM) 7-11, 13-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7|
|8. Will Ruggiero (WILM) def. Andrew Swapp (COLM) 5-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7|
|9. Mason Elizondo (WILM) def. Matt Epstein (COLM) 11-8, 4-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-2|
|Exh. Charlie Beauregard (COLM) def. Pat Smith (WILM) 12-10, 12-10, 3-11, 8-11, 11-7|
|1. Mahmoud Yousry (BATM) def. John Fitzgerald (WILM) 11-4, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5|
|2. Carl Shuck (WILM) def. Graham Bonnell (BATM) 11-9, 11-4, 11-8|
|3. Omar Attia (BATM) def. Will Means (WILM) 11-9, 6-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-7|
|4. McLeod Abbott (BATM) def. Wyatt Khosrowshahi (WILM) 9-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-9|
|5. Anirudh Nambiar (BATM) def. Anand Butler (WILM) 10-12, 11-13, 12-10, 11-6, 11-8|
|6. Coley Cannon (BATM) def. Claude Smith (WILM) 11-6, 11-5, 11-3|
|7. Ben Eisenberg (WILM) def. Garon Rothenberg (BATM) 9-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-3, 11-8|
|8. Benni McComish (BATM) def. Jamie Havran (WILM) 11-7, 11-6, 3-11, 11-13, 11-6|
|9. Will Ruggiero (WILM) def. Dylan Muldoon (BATM) 11-5, 11-5, 12-10|
|Exh. Mason Elizondo (WILM) def. Robby Dewey (BATM) 11-9, 7-11, 11-6, 12-10|