Jeffs Edged by Wesleyan, Sweep BU

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AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College men’s squash team wrapped up its busy weekend as hosts of the Pioneer Valley Invitational with another split on Sunday. After a decisive 9-0 win over No. 21 Hamilton in their opener Saturday, the 23rd-ranked Lord Jeffs found themselves on the other side of the coin on Sunday, losing a tense 5-4 decision to No. 24 Wesleyan before closing the weekend with an easy sweep of Boston University.

In a thrilling opening match, Wesleyan won at all three of the bottom lineup positions to earn the narrow team victory. Noah Browne ’16 started things off strong for Amherst, winning three close games for a sweep of John Steele ’14 (14-12, 12-10, 11-8), but the Cardinals’ Guy Davidson ’16 turned the tables at No. 2 as he beat Charles Loesch-Quintin ’13, 3-0 (13-11, 11-3, 11-6).

David Kerr ’14 was strong for Amherst at thirds, edging Daniel Sneed ’15 in three tight games (12-10, 11-8, 11-9) but Wesleyan picked up another win in the No. 4 slot as Zander Nassikas ’14 topped Scott DeSantis ’15 in a five-game thriller (11-6, 11-9, 9-11, 2-11, 11-9).

The fourth and fifth positions went to Amherst as Alex Southmayd ’15 battled back after a second-game setback, edging Ethan Moritz ’14, 3-1 (11-7, 11-13, 11-8, 12-10). In the next spot down, Max Kardon ’15 notched the Jeffs’ easiest win of the match, sweeping Rahemm Logan ’16 (11-5, 11-9, 11-6).

Amherst had no answer for their Little Three rivals at the bottom of the lineup, however, as Wesleyan took the seventh through ninth spots to clinch their victory. Steve Cacouris ’16 battled hard for Amherst at No. 7 but could manage only a second-game win before falling 3-1 (11-9, 8-11, 13-11, 11-8) to Blair Corbin ’15. Jake Albert ’15 suffered a similarly close setback to Jeff Berman ’14 after dropping a marathon first game at eighth (16-14, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9). In the final spot, Jason Bradner ’16 was too much for Rodrigo Miranda ’14, sweeping the Amherst junior (11-3, 11-1, 11-9).

Amherst rebounded from the tough setback, however, cruising past Boston University, 9-0, to end the weekend with a 3-3 record. Giving Browne a break at No. 1, Kerr stepped into the top spot and notched a 3-1 win over Ben Bunjapamai (11-6, 4-11, 11-3, 11-5). Southmayd and Kardon moved up to the second and third slots, respectively, and notched easy 3-0 wins while Cacouris and Albert also triumphed in three games at No. 4 and 5, respectively.

Miranda rebounded from his tough Wesleyan match with a 3-1 (7-11, 11-2, 11-8, 11-3) win over Allan Chen ’16 at No. 6 and Kelvin Chen ’16 moved up to the top nine, taking the sevenths match from Map Teeravithayapinyo ’14, 3-1 (9-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-2).

Rookies Thornton Ellis and James Line moved into the Amherst lineup for the first time this year at eighth and ninth and each swept their Terrier counterparts to cap the win for the hosts.

The Jeffs will be back in action on Tuesday, Jan. 22, hosting Brown in a 2 p.m. match.

WESLEYAN 5, AMHERST 4
1. Noah Browne (A) def. John Steele (W), 3-0 (14-12, 12-10, 11-8)
2. Guy Davidson (W) def. Charles Loesch-Quintin (A), 3-0 (13-11, 11-3, 11-6)
3. David Kerr (A) def. Daniel Sneed (W), 3-0 (12-10, 11-8, 11-9)
4. Zander Nassikas (W) def. Scott DeSantis (A), 3-2 (11-6, 11-9, 9-11, 2-11, 11-9)
5. Alex Southmayd (A) def. Ethan Moritz (W), 3-1 (11-7, 11-13, 11-8, 12-10)
6. Max Kardon (A) def. Raheem Logan (W), 3-0 (11-5, 11-9, 11-6)
7. Blair Corbin (W) def. Steve Cacouris (A), 3-1 (11-9, 8-11, 13-11, 11-8)
8. Jeff Berman (W) def. Jake Albert (A), 3-1 (16-14, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9)
9. Jason Bradner (W) def. Rodrigo Miranda (A), 3-0 (11-3, 11-1, 11-9)
10. Kelvin Chen (A) def. Cameron Rahbar (W), 3-2 (11-9, 11-2, 2-11, 15-17, 11-5)

AMHERST 9, BOSTON UNIVERSITY 0
1. David Kerr (A) def. Benjamin Bunjapamai (B), 3-1 (11-6, 4-11, 11-3, 11-5)
2. Alex Southmayd (A) def. Jacob Roscow (B), 3-0 (11-5, 11-3, 11-6)
3. Max Kardon (A) def. Jack Chambers (B), 3-0 (11-1, 11-5, 11-2)
4. Steve Cacouris (A) def. Lu Quan Tan (B), 3-0 (11-7, 11-2, 12-10)
5. Jake Albert (A) def. Humzah Mahmood (B), 3-0 (11-5, 11-9, 11-8)
6. Rodrigo Miranda (A) def. Allan Chen (B), 3-1 (7-11, 11-2, 11-8, 11-3)
7. Kelvin Chen (A) def. Map Teeravithayapinyo (B), 3-1 (9-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-2)
8. Thornton Ellis (A) def. Paulo Da Moura (B), 3-0 (11-2, 11-2, 11-0)
9. James Line (A) def. Omid Maalizedhi (B), 3-0 (11-3, 11-4, 11-2)
10. Chris Groot (A) def. Arush Sabherwal (B), 3-0 (12-10, 11-9, 11-4)