Two Freshmen Competing in Top Division
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The regular season may be over, but the No. 4-ranked Yale men's squash team still has a lot of playing to do. Eight Elis will travel to Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., this weekend to compete in the CSA Individual Championships. Freshmen Sam Fenwick and Zachary Leman, junior Neil Martin, and seniors Kenneth Chan and Richard Dodd will play in the Pool Division, which features the nation's top 32 players. Sophomore Joseph Roberts and juniors Eric Caine and Charlie Wyatt have been entered in the Molloy Cup, the tournament's B Division.
All of the first round matches will take place on Friday. The Molloy Cup will begin first, with Caine and Roberts both playing at 10:30 a.m. Both Elis face unfamiliar opponents in the first round: Caine will square off against MIT's Gray Riley, while Roberts takes on Connecticut College's Caleb Garza. Wyatt has a bye in the first round and will play the winner of Martin Bawden (Hamilton) and Justin Singh (Drexel) at 2:40 p.m. in the Round of 32.
In the Pool Division, Dodd and Fenwick are up first. Both are scheduled to take the court at 11:20 a.m. Dodd has been paired with Faraz Khan, who plays No. 3 for Rochester. Dodd, who also plays No. 3, defeated Khan 3-1 in their last meeting in January. Fenwick will take on Trinity's No. 1, Reinhold Hergeth.
Up next are Leman and Martin, who will both play at 12:10 p.m. on Friday. Leman, like fellow freshman Fenwick, must get past a top team's No. 1 player to reach the Round of 16. His opponent, Ramit Tandon, plays No. 1 for Columbia and finished last season ranked second in the country. Martin will face Franklin & Marshall's No. 1, Guilherme de Melo, in the first round. Chan defeated de Melo 3-2 back in November, but Martin has never played him.
Finally, at 1 p.m. on Friday Chan, Yale's own No. 1, will enter the tournament with a first round match against Rochester's Adam Perkiomaki. Perkiomaki plays No. 4 for the Yellowjackets and recorded a 3-1 win over Neil Martin earlier this season.
The Molloy Cup and the Pool Division are both single elimination tournaments that run from Friday to Sunday. The Molloy Cup's championship game is at 9 a.m., while the Pool Division final, which determines the nation's No. 1 player, is at 12 p.m. Two returning champions are competing in this year's tournament: Princeton's Todd Harrity, the 2011 champion, and Harvard's Ali Farag, the 2012 champion.
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Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity