Squash 1-2 in Conn.
The women’s and men’s squash teams travelled to Middletown, Conn. this past weekend to play three matches at Wesleyan University in a round robin format. Both teams finished with 1-2 records.
In a series of tough matches, the men lost to Wesleyan 6-3, easily beat Colgate University by a score of 9-0 and then fell in their final matchup against Connecticut College, 6-3. Will Sullivan ’13 led the way for the Mules with three wins at the second position. Coach Sakhi Khan explained, “Will Sullivan had the best performance throughout the weekend. Will was mentally tougher and fitter than all his opponents.” Sullivan’s teammates Harry Smith ’12, Nat Cooper ’12 and Will Hochman ’14 also performed well, finishing with 2-1 records on the weekend.
On the women’s side, the Mules defeated Connecticut College 7-2 but could not pull out wins against Tufts University or Wesleyan, losing both matches by close 5-4 tallies. Kate Pistel ’13, Molly Parsons ’13, Lindsey McKenna ’14 and Tara Tischio ’15 all went 3-0 for the Mules on the weekend. “I was most impressed by our new [first-year], Tara Tischio,” said Coach Khan. “She crushed her opponents and played fantastic. I think she’s fast becoming a top competitor who knows how to score a win for the team.”
Although the close losses were disappointing for the Mules, the teams remain optimistic. The men and women will have the opportunity to battle against these same opponents again in January, and Coach Khan said, “I foresee wins against all these schools later in the season.”
Both the men’s and women’s teams will resume play during the month of January. On Wednesday, Jan. 7 the Mules will play against Williams College at home. The week after, the teams will travel to Yale University for an annual tournament.