Strong squash team loses to rival Harvard, beats Tufts

by Heita Miki | 11/30/07 1:15am

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Dan Wagman '10 won his match against Harvard at the number six spot.
by Kate Coster / The Dartmouth

With the win, the Crimson men improve to 3-0 while the women are also undefeated with a 4-0 record. The loss drops the Big Green men to 3-1, while the women are 2-1. The Big Green has never defeated the Crimson.

On the men's side, Harvard showed off their strength at the top of the lineup. The first five players for the Crimson all blanked their opponents by 3-0 scores.

Co-captain Adam King '08 was happy with the way he and his teammates battled despite the losses.

"I thought we played pretty well. Harvard was a very quick, good team," King said.

At the number six spot, Dan Wagman '10 played some of his best squash as of yet and came away with a victory. Tyler Young '09 playing in the seventh spot had a hard-earned 3-1 victory and Ted Schroeder '11 got a 3-0 victory playing in the ninth spot.

While the Big Green did not come away with a victory, men's and women's head coach John Power was proud of the way his players performed.

"We knew numbers one through five would be strong for Harvard, the first two are two of the best players for their respective countries," Power said. "We worked hard, but they did end up sweeping us in those spots. At number six, Wagman played the best squash that I've seen, Young was physically imposing and Schroeder had by far his best outing."

On the women's side, the Big Green was several close losses away from pulling the upset. Madeline Lurio '09 lost a tightly contested match at the number five position, while Libbey Brown '10 came from two sets down to take her opponent to five games but fell just short.

Elizabeth Weintraub '10 dominated at the number nine spot cruising by in three games, and co-captain Ashely Malenchak '08 and Hannah Conant '11 each earned four-game victories at the number three and four spots, respectively.

"It was a tough one, on another day the result could've been reversed," Power said. "Lurio had a game ball in one of the games she lost, and Brown played tough in the longest match of the day but came up just short in the fifth."

In the second match against Tufts, the men took spots one through seven in a dominating performance over Tufts. The women were even more dominant, sweeping Tufts 9-0 and only allowing the Jumbos to win a single game.

Both teams are off until January 11, when they return to the courts for the Maine Invitational to take on Bates in Lewiston, Maine.

Without official matches to worry about for a while, the teams will continue to work on their games.

"As a team we just need to get healthy and keep working hard," King said. "Personally, my ankle has been bothering me for the past three years but hopefully that can heal. In terms of skill, we need to work on playing at the quicker pace with which some of the better teams play."

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