December 6, 2006

Tech Falls in Trio of Weekend Matches

Dec. 6, 2006

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT's squash team dropped a trio of matches this past weekend, falling by similar 9-0 score lines to Tufts University, Northeastern University and Middlebury College. The contests were the first hosted by Tech in the 2006-07 season, as well the first since the recent dedication of court No. 5 of the Al and Barrie Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center to 1990 graduate and squash alum Nasser Aziz Ahmad.

While the losses leave the Cardinal and Gray's record at 0-4 on the young season, the effort that the team has put in has not gone unnoticed by the coaching staff. Assistant coach Jim Taylor noted that, despite the setbacks on the scoreboard, "the team worked hard."

Sophomore captain Saad Zaheer was one player whose hard work nearly paid off in terms of results, as he posted wins in games one (9-2) and three (9-6) from the No. 5 spot against Middlebury before falling valiantly in the weekend's only five-game match.

Freshman Andrew Yoon (against Northeastern) and sophomore Balaji Sridhar (against Middlebury) were the other Tech competitors who forced their matches beyond the minimum three games.

The Engineers will return to the court on Friday, Dec. 8, when they travel to Lewiston, Maine to take on Bates College in a match that is slated to begin at 6:45 p.m.