Feb. 28, 2004
The mens' squash team will not get the chance to play for the national title tomorrow after losing 8-1 to Harvard in the semifinals today at the Brady Squash Center in the CSA Championships. Yale's lone winner on the day was Trevor Rees, who emerged from a tough five-game match victorious over Ziggy Whitman.
Rees won his first game 9-3 before going down two games to one with back-to-back 4-9 and 5-9 game losses. He tied the match at two games apiece in the fourth game with a 9-4 win, and finished off the match with a 9-1 win in the decisive fifth game.
Unfortunately, Rees was the only Eli to defeat his Harvard opponent. Two other Yale players, Julian Illingworth at No. 1 and Anshul Manchanda at No. 3, went to five games, but both players lost in the fifth.
With the exception of Nick Chirls, who lost to Harvard's James Bullock 3-1, all the rest of the Yale players were swept 3-0 in the team's loss.
With No. 1 Trinity facing No. 4 Princeton in the other semifinal match, it is likely that Yale will play the Tigers tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. in the Brady Squash Center in the 3/4 game, while Trinity will compete against Harvard for the national title.