Nov. 20, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT's squash team opened its 2007-08 campaign this past weekend by hosting four matches over the course of three days, as the Cardinal and Gray welcomed Northwestern University, Bowdoin College, Connecticut College and Tufts University to the Zesiger Center. The Engineers dropped all four matches by similar 9-0 score-lines.
Tech, which saw a significant amount of turnover on its roster in the off-season, including the addition of new head coach Seth Packard, stands at 0-4 after the season-opening setbacks.
The Engineers took on Northwestern in the first contest of the season on Friday evening, and the Wildcats swept all nine matches to secure a convincing victory. Sophomore George Pratt did his best to prevent the shutout from the No. 5 spot, as evidenced by a tough 9-6, 9-7, 10-8 loss to Northwestern's Ben Sussna, but the Melrose, Mass., native was narrowly edged out.
Saturday saw the Cardinal and Gray welcome Bowdoin College and Connecticut College, with each match once again resulting in a final score of 9-0 in favor of the visitors. Junior Balaji Sridhar - playing in the No. 2 spot - put up the best fight of the afternoon for the Engineers, pushing Bowdoin's Andrew Bernard to a 9-3, 9-7, 9-4 decision.
MIT rounded out a long weekend with its fourth match on Sunday afternoon, as Tufts traveled to Cambridge to face the Engineers. Though Tech was swept, junior No. 3 Saad Zaheer pushed his match beyond the minimum three games by playing Kris Leetavorn to a 9-3, 8-10, 9-4, 9-2 score.
The squash team will return to the Zesiger Center courts for a pair of weekend matches against Middlebury College and Bryant University on Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2, respectively. The Middlebury contest will begin at 10:00 a.m., while the Bryant match is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start-time.