MIT Wins Consolation Playoff at CSA Team Championship
PRINCETON, N.J. – The MIT squash team traveled to Princeton University over the weekend for the College Squash Association (CSA) team championship. The Engineers were in the Conroy Cup draw, the fourth of seven, eight-team brackets at the championship. Tech won its final match of the weekend, 6-3, over Colgate University to finish the event 31st overall, out of 63 teams competing in the tournament.
The Cardinal and Gray dropped matches to Tufts University and Drexel University, both by 8-1 scores, earlier in the weekend before defeating Colgate in the consolation playoff match of the Conroy Cup flight.
Against Colgate, MIT was propelled by a couple of key, come-from-behind wins at the Nos. 2 and 3 positions. Freshman Steve Cho (Lexington, Mass.) earned a hard-fought win in the second spot, dropping the first two sets before roaring back to take a 17-19, 10-12, 11-4, 11-4, 11-8 victory. Senior Austin Anderson (Newtown Square, Pa.) dropped the opening set of his match at No. 3 but went on to win by scores of 2-11, 11-6, 13-11, 11-5.
Sophomore West Hubbard (Greenwich, Conn.) picked up a straight-set victory in the top position, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7, and freshman Peter Riley also won in three sets (13-11, 11-5, 11-4). Junior Connor Kirschbaum (Suffield, Conn.) and freshman David Bian (Austin, Texas) picked up the other two points for the Cardinal and Gray to seal the victory.
MIT opened the weekend against Tufts, the top seed in the Conroy Cup flight. Abhi Mitra (Medford, Mass.) picked up the lone win for the Engineers in the sixth-position by a score of 11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8. Kirschbaum put up a strong fight in the seventh position, winning the second set and forcing his opponent into extra points in two other sets (14-12, 10-12, 13-11, 11-5).
On Saturday against Drexel, Riley earned Tech's only point in the fourth position with an 11-5, 11-2, 11-6 victory over Harshil Dokania.
Princeton defeated Trinity College, 5-4, in the Potter Cup finals to earn the team national championship, ending the streak of 13-straight national titles by Trinity. The team season of MIT's schedule concludes with an overall record of 8-12.