Martin Goes Undefeated at No. 3
NEW HAVEN, Conn. —The Ivy League Scrimmages concluded Sunday at the Brady Squash Center with the Yale men's squash team losing to Harvard 6-3 in a hard-fought battle that lasted four hours. All eight Ivy League teams competed in this preseason tournament which does not count towards regular season standings. Yale entered the event seeded third behind No. 1 Harvard and No. 2 Princeton and ahead of No. 4 Cornell.
The Bulldogs beat Columbia in the first round 7-2 with wins in the Nos. 3 through 9 positions. Winning their matches in that order were senior Neil Martin, sophomore Zachary Leman, sophomore Sam Fenwick, freshman Liam McClintock, senior captain Eric Caine, senior Charlie Wyatt and sophomore Pehlaaj Bajwa. Losing at the No. 1 spot was freshman Kah Wah Cheong, who went down 3-0 to Ramit Tandon of Columbia, the College Squash Association's No. 3 ranked player. Also losing in the No. 2 spot was freshman Thomas Dembinski, who played against fellow freshman Rishi Tandon, brother of Ramit.
Yale then upset the higher-seeded Princeton in an exciting 5-4 match with wins from Martin at the No. 3 spot, Fenwick in the No. 5 position and Caine, Wyatt and Roberts at the Nos. 7 through 9 positions, respectively. Despite being a scrimmage, this match was a big win for the Bulldogs, who had lost three straight to the Tigers the past two years in Ivy League and CSA tournament competition. The victory put Yale through to the finals with Harvard, who had beaten Brown and Cornell 9-0 in the first two rounds.
While the Bulldogs failed to secure the tournament championship, their 6-3 loss was nevertheless impressive as Caine and McClintock were both absent from the lineup. Wins came from Martin, who was undefeated for the weekend at the No. 3 spot, as well as Dembinski at No. 2 and Leman at No. 4. Close losses by Fenwick, Cheong and Huw Robinson, who stepped in at No. 9 in the absence of Caine and Mcclintock, contributed to a strong showing for a depleted Bulldog squad against the defending Ivy League co-champion Harvard.
Harvard shared last year's Ivy title with Princeton, meaning Yale is clearly in the hunt for a championship this season. Coach David Talbott stated he was "more than pleased with the showing and overall play of the Bulldogs. Our guys showed that their hard training is paying off and sets us up for the matches that will decide the title in January and February." The Bulldogs open their season Dec. 6 at Williams.
Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity