Jan. 13, 2013
NEW YORK, N.Y. — The 16th-ranked Navy squash team put together a 1-1 record over the weekend, taking a 9-0 victory over Fordham on Saturday before dropping an 8-1 decision to ninth-ranked Columbia Saturday afternoon at the SL Green StreetSquash Center in New York.
Navy swept the Rams on Saturday afternoon and featured a stellar performance by sophomore Andrew McGuinness (Merion Station, Pa.) who scored an 11-3, 11-1, 11-7 victory over rookie Kincade Webster at the No. 1 position.
Meanwhile, despite Sunday’s result, Navy head coach Craig Dawson was encouraged by the Mids’ performance.
“It wasn’t the result we were looking for, but I was pleased with the effort,” said Dawson. “Bill Kacergis had a nice win for us at No. 7 and Hunter Beck and Mitch Bottini looked strong but just couldn’t hold on at the end.”
Bill Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) earned Navy’s lone win of the day against the Lions with a five-game nailbiter. After falling behind two games to none against junior Alec Goldberg, Kacergis rallied to win the next three, 13-11, 13-11 and 11-7 to improve to 23-2 on the year. He, along with fellow rookie Mitch Bottini (New Hamburg, N.Y.), lead the Mids with 23 wins apiece.
Bottini nearly had a sweep for the week as he built a 2-0 lead over junior Andrew Tan. Tan, however, battled his way back into the match with back-to-back victories before edging out Bottini in the fifth, 12-10, for the 3-2 win at the No. 8 slot.
Junior Hunter Beck (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) won his opening match at the No. 4 position against senior Graham Miao of Columbia, 11-9, but Miao won the next two to take a 2-1 advantage. Beck evened the match with an 11-4 win in the fourth, but Miao secured the match with in the fifth with an 11-8 victory.
Sophomore Colin Barry (St. Louis, Mo.) also dropped a heartbreaker in five after finding himself down two games to none against sophomore Kyul Rhee. Barry won games three and four, 11-9 and 11-5, respectively, but Rhee was able to hold off Barry in the fifth, 12-10.
The Mids return to action on Wednesday when they make the short trip to Washington, D.C. to face 15th-ranked George Washington at 5:30 pm.
Columbia def. Navy, 8-1
1 - Ramit Tandon (C) def. Andrew McGuinness (N), 11-4, 11-2, 11-2
2 - Mohamed AbdelMaksoud (C) def. Jim Kacergis (N), 11-6, 12-14, 11-8, 13-11
3 - Tony Zou (C) def. Hunter Bouchard (N), 13-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8
4 - Graham Miao (C) def. Hunter Beck (N), 9-11, 11-9, 11-2, 4-11, 11-8
5 - Kyul Rhee (C) def. Colin Barry (N), 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 5-11, 12-10
6 - Daniel Saleem (C) def. John Richey (N), 11-3, 11-5, 11-6
7 - Bill Kacergis (N) def. Alec Goldberg (C), 10-12, 5-11, 13-11, 13-11, 11-7
8 - Andrew Tan (C) def. Mitch Bottini (N), 8-11, 3-11, 11-4, 11-9, 12-10
9 - Alex Nalle (C) def. Cotter Walker (N), 11-5, 8-11, 11-5, 11-9
### Go Navy ###