February 17, 2006

Yale Thrashes Williams, 9-0

Feb. 17, 2006

PRINCETON, N.J. - Yale dominated Williams 9-0 on the first day of play at the Collegiate Squash Association's Team Championships today in Princeton, N.J. Seven of nine Elis won their matches 3-0.

No. 7 Andrew Vinci was able to defeat Jeff Wessler in a tough 3-2 match, and No. 8 Francis Johnson downed George Miller 3-1 in Yale's only other non-sweep. The Bulldogs had previously beaten the Ephs 8-1 on Sun., Jan. 15.

"We're really just trying to focus," Head Coach Dave Talbott said. "This weekend's a huge weekend."

The No. 2 Elis will take on the winner of the Princeton/Western Ontario match tomorrow at noon in the semifinals, and No. 4 Harvard will tangle with top-ranked Trinity in the other match. A rematch with the Tigers would certainly be compelling. Though Yale defeated Princeton 5-4 in an epic four-and-a-half hour battle on Sat., Feb. 4, defending national champion Yasser El Halaby missed the match with an injury. El Halaby, however, would be active and undoubtedly ready for tomorrow's rematch, should Princeton advance.

"Playing Princeton in Princeton after beating them 5-4 [would] certainly be interesting," Talbott said.

Results:
No. 1 Julian Illingworth (Y) def. William Walter (W), 3-0
No. 2 Nick Chirls (Y) def. Jon Barry (W), 3-0
No. 3 Ho Ming Chiu (Y) def. Tony Maruca (W), 3-0
No. 4 Moshe Sarfaty (Y) def. Tyler Kyle (W), 3-0
No. 5 Joseph Samuel (Y) def. Morgan Phillips (W), 3-0
No. 6 Avner Geva (Y) def. Bernard Yaros (W), 3-0
No. 7 Andrew Vinci (Y) def. Jeff Wessler (W), 3-2
No. 8 Francis Johnson (Y) def. George Miller (W), 3-1
No. 9 Trevor Rees (Y) def. Bucky Marshall (W), 3-0

Report filed by David Sherfinski '08, Yale Sports Publicity