March 3, 2005

MIT Finishes Season Nationally-Ranked at No. 30

March 3, 2005

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT entered the CSA National Team Championships last weekend ranked 32nd out of 50 teams. The Engineers fell to No. 25 University of Rochester (7-2) on Friday. Saturday Tech beat No. 29 Vassar College, 6-3, in the consolation bracket. The next day, MIT lost to No. 30 Middlebury College, 5-4. Despite posting a 1-2 record, the Engineers were able to move-up in the national rankings, finishing the 2004-05 campaign at 30th.

Against Rochester, Duncan Ma and Nadeem Mazen recorded the only wins for MIT. Ma defeated Dave Sokeloff in the No. 3 spot, 9-2, 9-5, 9-0. Mazen was victorious in the No. 4 position, emerging with a 9-6, 9-1, 9-3 win. Adam Bushashia, Ashwin Desphande, and Christopher Buenrostro were able to extend their matches beyond three games. Bushashia fell to Gen Izumida, 9-4, 9-7, 3-9, 10-9, while Buenrostro lost, 9-0, 9-5, 9-10, 9-1. Deshpande dropped a five-game heartbreaker with scores of 9-7, 10-9, 3-9, 0-9, 9-1.

The Engineers swept the top five slots against Vassar as well as taking the No. 8 position. Nikhil Khana led the way with a 9-4, 9-4, 9-1 victory. Bushashia defeated Greg Kantrowitz, 3-9, 9-3, 9-4, 9-4, while Ma easily won, 9-1, 9-2, 9-0. Mazen did not drop a game for the second match in a row, winning 9-5, 10-8, 9-3. Unlike his first match of the tournament, Deshpande posted a thrilling five-game victory in the No. 5 spot. After taking the first two games, (9-7,9-3), he lost the next two, (7-9,7-9). Deshpande rebounded with a 10-9 win in the final game. Jehan DeFonseka tallied the final victory for the Engineers by defeating Grant Hutchinson, 7-9, 9-5, 9-7, 9-4. Buenrostro dropped a tough back-and-forth five-game match, falling 10-8, 4-9, 9-7, 8-10, 9-4.

MIT closed the weekend by claiming the No. 2 through No. 5 spots in its match against Middlebury. Ma was the only member of the squad to post a three-game victory, winning 9-3 in each game. Bushashia defeated Jeff Weiland, 9-2, 9-0, 1-9, 9-4, while Mazen earned a hard-fought 10-9, 9-7, 8-10, 9-3 win. Desphande recorded the final win of the match, tallying scores of 9-3, 6-9, 9-0, 9-4.