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Bulldogs Cruise Past Cornell 9-0 in Opening Round of CSA Championships

Bulldogs Cruise Past Cornell 9-0 in Opening Round of CSA Championships

Feb. 27, 2004

The No. 3 seed Elis easily bested Cornell in the first round of the CSA Championships, hosted by Yale. The Bulldogs defeated the Big Red 9-0 to move into the semifinal round, where they will play a rematch against No. 2 seed Harvard in an attempt to avenge their regular season loss from two weeks ago.

Six of Yale's nine victories were 3-0 sweeps, with Julian Illingworth, Anshul Manchanda, Nick Chirls, Gavin Cumberbatch, Trevor Rees, and Ryan Byrnes all getting past their opponents without dropping a game. Illingworth dispatched Cornell's No. 1 Matt Serediak 9-5, 9-0, 9-7, while Manchanda was a 9-1, 9-0, 10-8 winner against Ben Bernstein in the No. 3 position.

Yale's other top three player, Josh Schwartz, rebounded from an 8-10 loss in the first game to win the next three by scores of 9-0, 9-3, 9-7 over Will Cheng. Nick Chirls' 9-2, 9-5, 9-2 score gave him the win over Mike Delany, and Avner Geva returned to the Eli lineup after being out with an injury to earn the 10-8, 9-3, 4-9, 10-8 win over Matt Greenberg at No. 5.

The win puts the Bulldogs in the semifinals, where they have a big game against Harvard. Two weeks ago, the Elis lost the Ivy League title to the Cantabs with a 7-2 loss in New Haven in a match where many Elis thought they could have done better. The return of Geva to the lineup should help Yale in tomorrow's match, which will be held at 12:00 noon. The winner will likely face Trinity in the CSA finals.

Complete Brackets and Results

Yale's Head Squash Coaches Mark and Dave Talbott are joined their parents Polly and Doug '44 at the CSAs