Feb. 26, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - MIT's squash team closed out the 2006-07 campaign ranked No. 39 nationally after posting a 1-2 record at the Collegiate Squash Association Team Championships, hosted by Yale University this past weekend. The Engineers fell to eventual division champion Colgate University and the University of Southern California by similar 6-3 score-lines before defeating the University of Notre Dame, 8-1.
Tech finished the season with a record of 2-13.
Sridhar, playing out of the No. 6 position, opened the weekend with a hard-fought five game battle against Colgate's Reuben Nathanson. After jumping out to a two game lead, Sridhar briefly faltered before finishing off Nathanson in a thrilling final game. The Denver, Colo., native's second match, which pitted him against USC's Diarijau Kathiwada, was a welcome respite, as he easily dispatched of his opponent, 9-0, 9-0, 9-0. Sridhar had another convincing win (9-3, 9-2, 9-1) over Notre Dame's Pedro Gochicoa to finish out the weekend.
Pratt, Tech's No. 9 player, made easy work of his first opponent, Colgate's Tim Vechhione, taking the match in straight games (9-3, 9-5, 9-0). He then had to come from behind against USC's Manik Khanna to snatch a 7-9, 9-1, 5-9, 9-5, 9-5, victory, before returning to earn another straight-games triumph over Notre Dame's Thomas Lee (9-0, 9-1, 9-3).