November 5, 2006

Yale Opens Season With Ivy Scrimmage

Nov. 4, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - If Saturday was any indication, Yale should be in another dogfight for an Ivy League title in squash this year. Coming off a 2005-2006 season in which they shared the Ivy title with Harvard and Princeton, the Elis began their 2006-2007 campaign with a win against Cornell and a tough 5-4 loss against Harvard on Day One of the Ivy Scrimmage at the Brady Squash Center.

The Bulldogs got off to a quick start, thrashing Cornell in their first match, 8-1. Yale's underclassmen were particularly impressive in round one. Freshman Aaron Fuchs downed Rohit Gupta, 6-9, 9-6, 9-3, 9-3 in the No. 3 slot, and fellow frosh Todd Ruth beat Ted Hill 9-6, 9-1, 9-5 at No. 6. Sophomores Francis Johnson, Colin Campbell and Bill Hatch all picked up three-game wins to lead the Elis over the Big Red.

Against Harvard, however, the Bulldogs struggled at the top of their lineup, dropping matches in slots one through five. Yale's wins included No. 6 Ruth over Mihir Sheth, 3-1, No. 7 Johnson over Niko Hrdy, 3-1, No. 8 Campbell over Chessin Gertler, 3-1, and No. 9 Hatch over Frank Cohen, 3-0. Tied 4-4, the match came down to a hard-fought battle between No. 4 Ho Ming Chiu and Harvard's Garnett Booth. After splitting the first two games, a long third took the wind out of Chiu, and Booth was able to win the match in four games.

Results:

v. Cornell (W, 8-1)
No. 1 Chris Sachvie (C) def. Nick Chirls (Y), 9-5, 9-0, 9-8
No. 2 Max Samuel (Y) def. Steven Peever (C), 9-4, 9-4, 9-3
No. 3 Aaron Fuchs (Y) def. Rohit Gupta (C), 6-9, 9-6, 9-3, 9-3
No. 4 Ho Ming Chiu (Y) def. Omar Mangalji (C), 9-1, 9-2, 9-0
No. 5 Moshe Sarfaty (Y) def. Michael Gelinas (C), 9-5, 9-1, 9-2
No. 6 Todd Ruth (Y) def. Ted Hill (C), 9-6, 9-1, 9-5
No. 7 Francis Johnson (Y) def. Andrew McReynolds (C), 9-1, 9-3, 9-4
No. 8 Colin Campbell (Y) def. John McCarthy (C), 9-3, 9-2, 9-1
No. 9 Bill Hatch (Y) def. Ian Holton (C), 9-4, 9-0, 9-0

v. Harvard (L, 5-4)
No. 1 Ilan Oren (H) def. Nick Chirls (Y), 3-0
No. 2 Siddharth Suchde (H) def. Max Samuel (Y), 3-0
No. 3 Colin West (H) def. Aaron Fuchs (Y), 3-1
No. 4 Garnett Booth (H) def. Ho Ming Chiu (Y), 3-1
No. 5 Verdi DiSesa (H) def. Moshe Sarfaty (Y), 3-1
No. 6 Todd Ruth (Y) def. Mihir Sheth (H), 3-1
No. 7 Francis Johnson (Y) def. Niko Hrdy (H), 3-1
No. 8 Colin Campbell (Y) def. Chessin Gertler (H), 3-1
No. 9 Bill Hatch (Y) def. Franklin Cohen (H), 3-0

Report filed by David Sherfinski '08, Yale Sports Publicty

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