Jeffs Ready For CSA Team Championships

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AMHERST, Mass. - The 22nd-ranked Amherst men’s squash team returns to action this weekend at the 2014 College Squash Association (CSA) Team Championships hosted by Harvard University. Once again competing in the Summers Cup (C Division), the Jeffs will begin play with a rematch against No. 19 Brown University on Friday, Feb. 14 at 4:45 p.m.

As was the case last year, six of the division’s eight programs hail from the NESCAC, with No. 17 Middlebury, No. 18 Wesleyan, No. 21 Bowdoin, No. 23 Colby and No. 24 Hamilton joining Amherst (6-10). No. 20 George Washington and Brown round out the field, with the Jeffs posting a 3-4 record this season against their Summers Cup opponents.

ROAD TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP
Opening the season with a 9-0 victory over Northeastern, the Jeffs dropped their next two matches to Yale and Middlebury. Going 3-3 at the annual Pioneer Valley Invitational, Amherst notched victories over Stanford (9-0), Colby (8-1) and George Washington (5-4), while falling to Columbia (8-1), Bates (9-0) and Franklin & Marshall (8-1).

Dropping its next three matches against Brown (7-2), Wesleyan (7-2) and Williams (8-1), the Purple & White scored a 7-2 decision over Conn. College in the first round of the NESCAC tournament. After losing a pair of matches to Bates (9-0) and Bowdoin (5-4), the Jeffs closed out championship play with a 6-3 victory over the Mules.

mgrootYALE.jpgMEET THE TEAM
Headlining the Amherst lineup is sophomore standout Noah Browne. Going 11-4 in dual matches this season, he posted a 3-1 mark during NESCAC Championship play. At last weekend’s inaugural Division III Invitational, he won each of his first three outings before seeing his run come to an end in the 32-player ‘A’ division semifinals.

Losing eight of his first 10 matches to start the 2013-14 campaign, Scott DeSantis ’15 won three of his four contests at the NESCACs as the Jeffs’ No. 2 before going 1-2 at the DIII Invitational. Putting the brakes on a five-game regular season skid, David Kerr ’14 was also 3-1 during the conference tournament before putting forth a stellar showing at the DIII invite. Losing his first ‘A’ division match, the senior rebounded and recorded four-straight victories to lay claim to the consolation bracket crown.

Going 6-10 in dual matches this season, Alex Southmayd ’15 has been a staple in the middle of the Jeff lineup, seeing a lot of time in the No. 4 position. Also with a 3-1 mark at the conference championship, he picked up a pair of decisions at the DIII Invitational to advance to the ‘B’ division semifinals. Going 5-5 to start the year while playing No. 5/6, Max Kardon ’15 could return to the Jeffs this weekend after sitting out of the NESCAC tournament.

Making an immediate impact in his rookie year, Michael Groot ’17 has seen action in each of Amherst’s matches, racking up a 6-10 mark with a 2-2 showing at the league championships. Starting the season 4-3, fellow first-year Darian Ehsani will look to turn things around after dropping seven of his last eight matches.

The third and final first-year in the Jeffs’ top nine, Jeremy Van has logged three wins in the sixth and seventh positions, but carries a seven-game losing streak into the weekend, having last walked off the court victorious against George Washington on Jan. 19. After winning three of his first four matches to start the 2013-14 season, Rodrigo Miranda ’14 will likely round out the order in the ninth position. Suffering eight-straight setbacks in the middle of the year, the senior snapped his slump with a victory at No. 8 against Colby.

Projected Lineup
1. Noah Browne
2. Scott DeSantis
3. David Kerr
4. Alex Southmayd
5. Max Kardon
6. Michael Groot
7. Darian Ehsani
8. Jeremy Van
9. Rodrigo Miranda
(10. Thornton Ellis)

2013 SUMMERS CUP (C Division) schedule
Friday, Feb. 14
No. 19 Brown vs. No. 22 Amherst - 4:45 p.m.
No. 20 George Washington vs. No. 21 Bowdoin - 4:45 p.m.
No. 17 Middlebury vs. No. 24 Hamilton - 5:30 p.m.
No. 18 Wesleyan vs. No. 23 Colby - 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15
Consolation Semifinal 1 - 12 p.m.
Consolation Semifinal 2 - 3 p.m.
Winner of Middlebury/Hamilton vs. Winner of Bowdoin/George Washington - 4 p.m.
Winner of Brown/Amherst vs. Winner of Colby/Wesleyan - 4 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16
Championship Match - 9 p.m.
Consolation Final - 11:30 a.m.
19/20 Playoff - 2 p.m.
23/24 Playoff - 2 p.m.