February 23, 2013

No. 4 Bulldogs Fall to No. 1 Trinity in Semifinals

Dodd Wins at No. 3 

NEW HAVEN, Conn.  – Saturday in the Brady Squash Center the No. 4-ranked Yale men's squash team saw its national championship campaign come to an end, losing to No. 1 Trinity 7-2 in the CSA Team Championship Semifinals. 

The Bulldogs put up a good fight, taking five of the nine matches to four or more games, but the Bantams ultimately proved too much for them. Two Elis had a particularly good day; senior Richard Dodd and junior Neil Martin won their matches at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, in three games apiece. 

One of the most exciting matches of the day took place on the Nicholas F. Brady '52 exhibition court at No. 2, where senior captain Hywel Robinson traded games with Juan Vargas in front of a standing-room-only crowd. Robinson fell in a dramatic fifth game by a score of 6-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-4, 11-8.

Meanwhile at No. 8, junior Charlie Wyatt had his own war to wage against Moustafa Hamada. Wyatt, who had a forfeit victory over his opponent on Friday, dropped two close games Saturday before edging Hamada in the third. He struggled to find his form in the fourth, making the final score of his match 13-11, 11-8, 11-13, 11-5.  

Saturday's other close matches took place at Nos. 1, 5 and 9. In the top spot, senior Kenneth Chan won his first game over Reinhold Hergeth but then lost the next three by two points each. No. 5 featured the longest game of the day; freshman Sam Fenwick rallied with Vrishab Kotian for 26 points in their third game but ultimately came up short, losing the game 14-12 and the match 3-1. Finally at No. 9, sophomore Joseph Roberts's 13-11, 8-11, 13-11, 11-9 loss to Matthew Mackin was the closest match by point differential of all of Saturday's fixtures.  

With wins at Nos. 3 and 4, the Bulldogs fell to the Bantams 7-2 and conceded their hopes of a national championship. Trinity advances to the finals and will face No. 3 Harvard, while Yale will play No. 2 Princeton in a match for third place. Both matches will be held Sunday in the Brady Squash Center; the national championship is at 12:30 p.m., with the third place match following at 2:30 p.m.  

Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity