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No. 4 Bulldogs Defeat No. 5 Cornell, Advance to CSA Semifinals on Saturday

Sam Fenwick. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Sam Fenwick. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Fenwick Clinches with Win at No. 5 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. Friday in the Brady Squash Center the No. 4-ranked Yale men's squash team advanced to the semifinals of the CSA Team Championships with a 7-2 win over No. 5 Cornell. The Bulldogs won the first five matches played, clinching the win with freshman Sam Fenwick's 3-1 victory over Owen Butler at No. 5. 

The match got off to a strong start for the home team, who swept the Big Red in the first cycle. Sophomore Joseph Roberts had his hands full at No. 9, fighting through five games against Abhijit Malik, but he eventually prevailed with a 3-2 win. Senior Richard Dodd and freshman Zachary Leman had easier times at Nos. 3 and 6, respectively, both winning in three games. 

Continuing a trend of strong senior play, captain Hywel Robinson notched a big win at No. 2, defeating Aditiya Jagtap in 3-0 to put the Bulldogs on the cusp of victory. Meanwhile at No. 5, Sam Fenwick had a 2-1 lead on Owen Butler and an opportunity to put his team through to the semifinals. He did so in dramatic fashion, edging his opponent 12-10 in the fourth game.  

After word spread that the Bulldogs had secured the win, junior Charlie Wyatt, whose match had been briefly suspended due to an injury his opponent sustained in the second game, earned a forfeit victory at No. 8. 

With the score at 6-0, Yale entered the third cycle with much of the pressure off but all of the intensity remaining. On the H. Chase Lenfest '86 Court, senior Kenneth Chan looked to upset at No. 1, where he won a game over Nicholas Sachvie but eventually conceded a 3-1 loss. Sachvie finished last season ranked No. 13 in the country, while Chan was the nation's No. 16 player. Playing at the same time at No. 4, junior Neil Martin, one of the team's most consistent players this season, overcame a skillful Michael Sunderland by a score of 3-0. Finally, junior Eric Caine lost in three close games at No. 7 to make the final score 7-2 in favor of the Bulldogs.

Elsewhere in the tournament, No. 1 Trinity defeated No. 8 St. Lawrence, No. 3 Harvard took down No. 6 Rochester and No. 2 Princeton eliminated No. 7 Franklin & Marshall. The Bulldogs will face Trinity, the nation's only undefeated team, Saturday in the semifinals. The match is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. in the Brady Squash Center. 

Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity