Middlebury

Men's Squash Wins Cup

February 21, 2010

 The Middlebury College men's squash team captured the Summers Cup (C flight) at the recent Team Championships hosted by Yale. Middlebury defeated Denison 8-1, George Washington 6-3 and Amherst 5-4 to win the title. The Panthers end the season with a school-record 20 wins, against just seven losses. In just its third season as a varsity sport, the Panthers end the season ranked 17th nationally among 63 teams in all divisions. Rookies Jay Donlan and Spencer Hurst finished the weekend with 3-0 marks. 

In the finals of Team Nationals vs. Amherst, Middlebury started out strong by going up 2-1 after the first round of matches, with a win for junior Brian Cady at #3, a loss for senior Eliot Jia at #6, and a win from junior Will Piekos at #9. Piekos' 3-0 at #9 was notable as he'd lost to his opponent earlier in the season. 

With matches #2, #5 and #8 going on next, #2 first-year player Jay Dolan won quickly, but #5 senior Micah Wood and #8 sophomore Addi DiSesa were defeated. With six matches played, the score was tied at 3-3 with matches #1, #4 and #7 remaining. 

Things were not looking good for Middlebury when #1 sophomore Valentin Quan went down 2-0 in his best-of-five, and #7 Addi DiSesa trailed 2-0 in his match.  Meanwhile, #4 rookie Spencer Hurst was headed into his fifth and final game, which he was able to win by a score of 11-6.

Middlebury now led 4-3, but trailed 2-0 in the final two matches. DiSesa battled back to win his third and fourth games and tie his match at 2-2.  He reached two match points in his final game, but lost 12-10 in the fifth game tie-breaker, and the overall score as the match was knotted at 4-4. 

#1 Valentin Quan silenced the Amherst fans as he came from behind to win his match 9-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-6 to give Middlebury the 5-4 victory. Quan ended a big season for the Panthers, going 22-5 overall including a 3-0 mark at the NESCAC Tourney

Middlebury def. Amherst  5-4

February 21

 

 

1. MIDD - Valentin Quan def. B. Warner

(9), (6), 8, 9, 6

2. MIDD - Jay Dolan def. C. Loesch-Quinton

6, (8), 5, 5

3. MIDD - Brian Cady def. S. Severson

8, 7, 11

4. MIDD - Spencer Hurst def. A. Kriete

(9), 8, 5, (4), 6

5. AMH -  K. Cecala def. Micah Wood

3-0

6. AMH -  T. Rapisarda def. Eliot Jia

3-0

7. AMH - M. Arnold def. Addi DiSesa

8, 9, (10), (9), 10

8. AMH - T. Lavine def. Simon Keyes

(10), 9, 7, (9), 5

9. MIDD - Will Piekos def. L. Banta

8, 5, 9

 

 

Middlebury def. George Washington  6-3

February 20

 

 

1. GW -    O. Sobhy def.  Valentin Quan

6, (8), 4, 9

2. MIDD - Jay Dolan def. J. Calderon

9, 7, 9

3. MIDD - Brian Cady def. M. Grossman

10, 8, 4

4. MIDD - Spencer Hurst def. P. Haynes

6, 3, 9

5. MIDD - Micah Wood def. M. Nair

911), 6, 3, 9

6. MIDD - Eliot Jia def. B. Feldman

7, 5, 6

7. GW -    A. Pistel def. Addi DiSesa

7, 9, 9

8. MIDD - Simon Keyes def. S. Ehrlich

7, 7, (3), 4

9. GW -   M. Bower def. Will Piekos

7, 11, 8

 

 

Middlebury def.  Denison    8-1

February 19

 

 

1. MIDD - Valentin Quan def. J. Diwan

7, 7, 7

2. MIDD - Jay Dolan def. M. Prentice

4, 9, 6

3. MIDD - Brian Cady def. R. Ongaro

9, 7, 4

4. MIDD - Spencer Hurst def. W. Lawson

8, 10, (10), 3

5. MIDD - Micah Wood def. S. Carr

9, 5, 6

6. MIDD - Eliot Jia def. N. Hobrath

(6), 2, 9, (6), 6

7. MIDD - Addi DiSesa def. M. Krasnow

7, 8, 1

8. HAM   - H. Robb def. Simon Keyes

(9), 4, 2, 8

9. MIDD - Will Piekos def. G. Merrill

7, (7), 9, 7