February 12, 2007

Engineers Overpowered by No. 21 Connecticut College

Feb. 12, 2007

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Connecticut College, ranked No. 21 nationally, was too much for Tech's squash team to handle on Saturday afternoon, as the Camels defeated the visiting Engineers, 9-0. The Cardinal and Gray dropped to 1-10 with the loss, while Connecticut College improved to 10-10 to finish out its regular season schedule.

Graduate student Ashwin Deshpande was MIT's most valiant competitor on the afternoon, wearing down his opponent with long points and pushing him to the limit in a five-game match that lasted nearly an hour. However, the Andover, Mass., native, playing from the No. 2 position, ultimately fell by a score of 9-10, 9-5, 9-4, 5-9, 9-3.

Sophomore Saad Zaheer was the only other Engineer who pushed his opponent past the minimum three games, taking the first game, 9-7, before eventually succumbing to defeat.

Nikhil Khanna, a sophomore slotted in Tech's top spot, was praised by head coach Jim Taylor for his effort. Despite losing in a three-game match, each point was hotly contested as the final score-line of 9-6, 9-5, 10-8 displayed.

MIT will close out its regular season schedule on Thursday, Feb. 15, when it travels to Providence, R.I., to take on Brown University in a match that will start at 6:30 p.m. Connecticut College will not return to the courts until the National Championships, which will be hosted by Princeton University from Friday, Feb. 23-Sunday, Feb. 25.