Jan. 10, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The 15th-ranked Navy squash team won its four-straight match by dealing No. 16 Columbia a 7-2 loss Tuesday evening at the Halsey Field House International Squash Courts in Annapolis. Meanwhile, it marked the 21st-consecutive win by the Mids over the Lions in series history.
“I said it after this past weekend and I will say it again, I truly believe our training over the last two weeks has made the difference in these last four matches,” said Navy head coach Craig Dawson. “Our fitness level helped get us through some of these tough matches.
While the Mids claimed four of their seven wins via 3-0 sweeps, Columbia pushed Navy in the remaining three including the final match of the night which featured a pair of freshmen. Navy’s Jim Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) faced Columbia’s Daniel Saleem in a spectacular five-game match at the No. 3 position which had Kacergis’ company mates on their feet cheering him on. Kacergis picked up a win in the opening game, 11-8, but Saleem fought his way to an 11-7 victory to knot score at one apiece. Kacergis again pushed ahead with an 11-4 victory in the third. Saleem, however, came right back and pushed a fifth match by way of an 11-8 win in the fourth. Kacergis used the energy from the crowd to outlast Saleem in the fifth, taking the game, 11-8, and the match, 3-2.
“The 10th company has come out to a handful of matches this season and cheered on our team. I know the entire squad appreciates their support,” added Dawson.
Freshman Hunter Abrams (Wilmington, Del.), meanwhile, ran his winning streak to nine in a row thanks to a 3-1 win over Columbia junior Graham Miao. Abrams built a 2-0 lead with back-to-back 11-6 wins, however, Miao dealt Abrams a setback in the third with an 11-4 win. Abrams came storming back and was able to hang on for an 11-9 win in the fourth to claim the victory at the No. 4 slot.
Colin Barry (St. Louis, Mo.), another Navy rookie, opened up a 2-0 advantage with 11-2 and 11-8 wins, but Columbia newcomer Kyul Rhee slowed Barry in the third with a 12-10 victory. Barry bounced back in the fourth, winning a spirited 14-12 game to take the win at No. 5.
Billy Abrams (Wilmington, Del.), John Tracey (Owings Mills, Md.), John Richey (West Hartford, Conn.) and Hunter Beck (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) all won their matches by 3-0 scores at the No. 6-9 positions, respectively. Like his younger brother, Billy Abrams has put together a strong winning streak of his own, winning seven in a row.
The Mids will be back in action Wednesday evening when they play host to 17th-ranked George Washington beginning at 7:00 pm.
Navy def. Columbia, 7-2
1 - Ramit Tandon (C) def. Andrew McGuinness (N), 11-7, 11-8, 11-5
2 - Tony Zou (C) def. Hunter Bouchard (N), 2-11, 11-5, 11-3, 5-11, 11-7
3 - Jim Kacergis (N) def. Daniel Saleem (C), 11-8, 7-11, 11-4, 8-11, 11-8
4 - Hunter Abrams (N) def. Graham Miao (C), 11-6, 11-6, 4-11, 11-9
5 - Colin Barry (N) def. Kyul Rhee (C), 11-2, 11-8, 10-12, 14-12
6 - Billy Abrams (N) def. Alec Goldberg(C), 11-5, 11-4, 11-7
7 - John Tracey (N) def. Andrew Tan (C), 11-6, 11-8, 11-8
8 - John Richey (N) def. Hyun-Ho Rhee (C), 11-3, 11-8, 11-4
9 - Hunter Beck (N) def. Theo Buchsbaum (C), 11-3, 11-3, 11-6
### Go Navy ###