Athletics

Amherst Squash Teams Split Close Decisions at Tufts

Tom Rapisarda
First-year Tom Rapisarda won the decisive match for Amherst. 

MEDFORD, MA - The Amherst College men's and women's squash teams traveled to face Tufts University Thursday night, with each squad taking part in a down-to-the-wire match. While the Amherst men were able to hold on for the 5-4 win to improve to 2-1 on the season, the Amherst women suffered a nail-biting 5-4 loss to fall to 1-2.

For each team, the No. 4 match-up proved to be the deciding match. On the men's side, first-year Tom Rapisarda (New York, NY) found himself trailing two games to one with the Jeffs and Jumbos notched at four points apiece. The Amherst rookie was able to keep his cool in a very close fourth game, eventually hanging on for an impressive 10-9 victory to force a fifth and deciding game. Rapisarda had no trouble putting his opponent away, as his 9-1 win sealed the deal for the Jeffs.

The women's side also saw the Jeffs and Jumbos notched at four points apiece with an Amherst first-year playing in the final match of the night. Rookie Caitlin Demkin (Warren, NJ) dropped the first game, 9-4, but was able to tie things up with a 9-7 victory in the second game. Demkin kept things close the rest of the way but could not complete the comeback, as she ultimately lost the third and fourth games, 9-6 and 9-5, respectively.

Amherst 5, Tufts 4 (Men's Results)
1) J. Gross (T) def. Blacker (A) - (9-1, 9-0, 9-1)
2) M. Rapisarda (A) def. A. Gross (T) 3-0 (9-5, 9-1, 9-7)
3) Giovinazzo (A) def. Subranni (T) 3-0 ([5-9], 9-6, [2-9], 9-1, 9-4)
4) T. Rapisara (A) def. Leetavorn (T) 3-2 ([5-9], 9-6, [2-9], 10-9, 9-1)
5) Slutsky (A) def. Schubart (T) 3-0 (9-2, 9-5, 9-0)
6) Dalury (T) def. Cecala (A) 3-2 (9-1, [8-10], [4-9], 9-6, 9-6)
7) Warner (A) def. Leighton (T) 3-0 (9-6, 9-7, 6-1)
8) Rind (T) def. Banta (A) 3-1 (10-9, 9-4, [5-9], 9-7)
9) Bradley (T) def. Sud (A) 3-0 (9-4, 9-2, 9-6)

Tufts 5, Amherst 4 (Women's Results)
1) Dalglish (A) def. Rice (T) 3-2 ([7-9], 9-4, [6-9], 9-3, 9-2)
2) Milbourn (A) def. Barba (T) 3-1 ([7-9] 9-3, 10-9, 9-1)
3) Martin (A) def. Marx (T) 3-1 (9-0, 9-5, [4-9] 10-8)
4) Koo (T) def. Demkin (A) 3-1 (9-4, [7-9], 9-6, 9-5)
5) Herrmann (T) def. Kirkwood (A) 3-1 (9-7, 9-5, [6-9], 9-7)
6) Moulton (A) def. Leis (T) 3-2 ([2-9], [7-9], 9-5, 9-1, 9-0)
7) Fisher (T) def. Merves (A) 3-0 (9-2, 9-1, 9-4)
8) Dempsey (T) def. LaMontagne (A) 3-0 (9-5, 9-4, 9-3)
9) Stork (T) def. Donelan (A) 3-0 (9-3, 9-0, 9-3)