Amherst Teams Each Move to 3-1 with Wins Over Vassar

Kate Savage
First-year Kate Savage earned a come-from-behind win in the No. 3 match.
AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men’s and women’s squash teams played host to the Brewers of Vassar College Sunday afternoon at Davenport Courts. While the 15th-ranked Lord Jeff men earned a convincing 9-0 win, the 19th-ranked Lord Jeff women upset the 17th-ranked Brewers with an impressive 8-1 victory.

On the women’s side, Amherst (3-1) earned five 3-0 victories and three come-from-behind wins. In the No. 3 and No. 4 matches, respectively, first-years Kate Savage (Philadelphia, PA) and Anna Scheidt (Fort Lee, NJ) each trailed 1-0 before winning three consecutive games.

Junior Hannah Merves (Merion, PA) got off to a good start in the No. 9 match by edging her opponent in the first game, 9-7, but dropped the next two by scores of 9-0 and 10-8. Merves rebounded with a 9-3 win to even the score at two games apiece before wrapping things up with a 9-6 win in the fifth and final game.

On the men’s side, Amherst (3-1) earned nine 3-0 victories to pick up the clean sweep. Four Amherst players held their opponent scoreless and earned a 9-0 win, including first-year Steve Severson (Mercer Island, WA), who moved up from the No. 3 spot to take on Vassar’s No. 1 player, Austin Minkowski.

Also holding their opponents to zero points were first-year Todd Lavine (Atherton, CA), first-year Zach Porges (Philadelphia, PA) and junior Lee Banta (Westfield, NJ), who played in the fifth, eighth and ninth spots in the Amherst lineup, respectively.

The Lord Jeff women return to action Monday, Dec. 8, when they host Smith College at 7 p.m. The Amherst men will return to action Friday, Jan. 9, when they host Yale University at 11 a.m.

Men’s Results: Amherst def. Vassar, 9-0
1. Steve Severson (A) def. Austin Minkowski, 3-0 (9-0, 9-0, 9-0)
2. Ben Bishop (A) def. Dan Tan, 3-0 (9-2, 9-1, 9-1)
3. Kevin Cecala (A) def. Jake Kantrowitz-Sirotkin, 3-0 (9-2, 9-3, 9-0)
4. Tom Rapisarda (A) def. Hendrick Isom, 3-0 (9-1, 9-0, 9-0)
5. Todd Lavine (A) def. Arjun Agarwala, 3-0 (9-0, 9-0, 9-0)
6. Matt Arnold (A) def. Mehdi Naqvi, 3-0 (9-1, 9-1, 9-1)
7. Jacob Glass (A) def. Arjun Jain, 3-0 (9-0, 9-1, 9-0)
8. Zach Porges (A) def. Kyle Holter, 3-0 (9-0, 9-0, 9-0)
9. Lee Banta (A) def. Ansser Sadiq, 3-0 (9-0, 9-0, 9-0)

Women’s Results: Amherst def. Vassar, 8-1
1. Emilie Kraft (V) def. Allie Dalglish, 3-0 (9-6, 9-3, 9-0)
2. Hayley Milbourn (A) def. Kristine Bell, 3-0 (9-3, 9-4, 9-4)
3. Kate Savage (A) def. Eleanor Weiss, 3-1 (6-9, 10-9, 9-4, 9-7)
4. Anna Scheidt (A) def. Hope Blinkoff, 3-1 (8-10, 9-4, 9-1, 9-1)
5. Caitlin Demkin (A) def. Caitlin Ly, 3-0 (9-5, 9-3, 9-4)
6. Melissa Moulton (A) def. Margaret Taylor, 3-0 (9-4, 9-3, 9-2)
7. Mimi Bell (A) def. Sarah Hockney, 3-0 (9-1, 9-7, 9-2)
8. Megan Clower (A) def. Cheuk Ting Mak, 3-0 (9-4, 9-6, 9-2)
9. Hannah Merves (A) def. Nina Punukollu, 3-2 (9-7, 0-9, 8-10, 9-3, 9-6)