NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – At its final match at the 2013 CSA Team National Championships, the MIT squash team fell to Washington University in St. Louis, 5-4, in what proved to be a very exciting, aggressive match. More than half of the matches had to be played to four of five games, as the score was still tied after three. The Engineers returned home with a record of 1-2, after winning against the University of Washington on Saturday, 8-1, and losing against Denison, 5-4, on Friday.
Against Sheldon Pariser in the top spot, sophomore Gray Riley (Wellesley, Mass.) lost the first game, 13-11, but won the next two, 16-14, 11-8. He played well but ultimately fell in the final two, 12-10, 11-6. In another five-game thriller that ended with an MIT victory, sophomore David Bian (Austin, Texas) lost the first two games to William H. Matthews, 11-5, 11-5, but won the next two, 11-4, 11-7, leaving the score tied. Bian came from behind to secure the win with a score of 11-8, winning the match, 3-2.
Senior Connor Kirschbaum (Suffield, Conn.) easily won his first two games against Kasidis Horsangchai, 11-5, 11-5, but had to fight the last one, which ended with a score of 14-12 in Kirschbaum's favor. In his match against Dylan Heckscher, sophomore David Kang (Seoul, South Korea) came out on top in all three games with scores of 11-9, 11-8, 11-2. Fellow sophomore Sung Won Cho (Lexington, Mass.) won his first game against Stirling P. Hedderich, 11-5, lost the second, 11-7, and won the final two, 11-8, 11-6.
MIT is looking to send a few of the Engineers to the CSA Individual Nationals that will take place from Fri.-Sun., March 1-3 at Trinity College.