January 23, 2008

Bulldogs Fall To No. 1 Bantams, 8-1

Jan. 23, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Despite several close matches, Yale could not slow down the Trinity Bantams Wednesday night at the Brady Squash Center, losing by the score of 8-1. The win was Trinity's 173rd in a row.

No. 8 Colin Campbell picked up the lone win for Yale, defeating Trinity co-captain Neil Robertson, 3-0 (10-8, 9-2, 9-3).

Despite the loss, the Bulldogs battled hard against the No. 1-ranked team in the nation. No. 1 Max Samuel played outstanding squash in the first two games of his match with Baset Chaudhry. He was even with Chaudhry at 6-6 in the first and 7-7 in the second, but couldn't quite finish him off in either game.

No. 4 Francis Johnson also lost a tight match, falling to Andres Vargas, 3-0 (10-9, 10-8, 9-2).

"That's some of the best squash I've seen our guys play," said Associate Head Coach Gareth Webber. "The scores of the games really didn't reflect some of the rallies that went on."

In the night's longest match, No. 7 Moshe Sarfaty battled Randy Lim in a decidedly physical five-game epic. Despite taking a 2-1 lead, Sarfaty lost the fourth game, 9-0, and the fifth, 9-6.

"I stopped putting pressure on him [in the fifth game]," said Sarfaty. "I got a few balls up, and he made a few shots."

Nonetheless, the performance against the nation's No. 1 team gave the Bulldogs confidence as they head into the teeth of their Ivy League schedule.

"This really helped us get prepared for Princeton," said Webber.

Results:
No. 1 Baset Chaudhry (T) def. Max Samuel (Y), 3-0 (9-7, 9-7, 9-0)
No. 2 Gustav Detter (T) def. Aaron Fuchs (Y), 3-0 (9-0, 9-3, 9-1)
No. 3 Manek Mathur (T) def. John Fulham (Y), 3-0 (9-5, 9-5, 9-3)
No. 4 Andres Vargas (T) def. Francis Johnson (Y), 3-0 (10-9, 10-8, 9-2)
No. 5 Parth Sharma (T) def. Todd Ruth (Y), 3-0 (9-0, 9-5, 9-7)
No. 6 Supreet Singh (T) def. Ho Ming Chiu (Y), 3-0 (9-2, 9-3, 9-0)
No. 7 Randy Lim (T) def. Moshe Sarfaty (Y), 3-2 (10-9, 2-9, 6-9, 9-0, 9-6)
No. 8 Colin Campbell (Y) def. Neil Robertson (T), 3-0 (10-8, 9-2, 9-3)
No. 9 Simba Muhwati (T) def. Naishadh Lalwani (Y), 3-0 (9-3, 9-2, 9-5)

Report filed by David Sherfinski '08, Yale Sports Publicity

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