Navy Squash Sweeps Middlebury on Senior Night
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Navy squash coach Craig Dawson honored the Mids’ three seniors - Jack Herold (Chicago, Ill.), Greg Hyer (Tenafly, N.J.) and Sam McCartney (Chicago, Ill.) - and their families in a pregame ceremony before the 16th-ranked Mids closed out their home slate with a 9-0 victory over #21 Middlebury Friday evening at the Navy Field House International Squash Courts.
Middlebury made its first trip to Annapolis in a series that began in 2011 and the Mids now lead, 6-2.
“We wanted to have a good showing tonight in our final match and I think we were able to accomplish that,” said Herold, who has amassed a 64-34 career record. “I think we are hitting our stride and this win provides us with some good momentum heading into Sunday’s match and the team championship.”
All three of Navy’s seniors were in action, including Hyer who kicked off the competition with a 3-1 victory over Middlebury senior Ryan Swope. Hyer posted an 11-5 win in game one, however, Swope leveled the match in the second with an 11-8 win. Hyer won a see-saw third game, 16-14, which gave him the momentum going into the fourth where he cruised easily to an 11-2 victory.
McCartney scored a 3-1 win at the No. 8 spot against sophomore Thomas Wolpow. The win kept McCartney’s shot at a 50-win career open as he clinched his 46th career victory with one regular-season match remaining and three at the CSA Team Championship.
Herold, the Mids’ team captain, captured a 3-1 victory over sophomore William Cembalest at the No. 1 position. The two traded wins in the opening two games before Herold took control in the third, 11-3, and sealed the win in the fourth, 11-7.
Junior Dylan Sweeney (New York, N.Y.) extended his team-best winning streak to four in a row thanks to a 3-1 win over rookie John Epley at No. 6, while freshman Jack Lentz (Philadelphia, Pa.) and junior Senen Ubina (Greenwich, Conn.) won their team-best 18th match of the season.
The Midshipmen play their final regular-season match of the year on Sunday when they travel to Lancaster, Pa. to battle longtime rival Franklin & Marshall at 3:00 pm. Navy leads the series against the Diplomats, 35-22, however F&M has won nine of the last 11 meetings
Navy def. Middlebury, 9-0
1 - Jack Herold (N) def. William Cembalest (M), 11-6, 7-11, 11-3, 11-7
2 - Michael Kacergis (N) def. Jacob Ellen (M), 11-5, 11-4, 11-3
3 - Jack Lentz (N) def. Jack Kagan (M), 8-11, 11-8, 11-2, 11-8
4 - Senen Ubina (N) def. Henry Pearson (M), 11-6, 11-5, 11-1
5 - Owen Davis (N) def. Wiatt Hinton (M), 11-3, 11-3, 11-5
6 - Dylan Sweeney (N) def. John Epley (M), 11-4, 11-8, 5-11, 14-12
7 - Jamie Kjorlien (N) def. Alex Merrill (M), 11-9, 11-5, 11-8
8 - Sam McCartney (N) def. Thomas Wolpow (M), 11-7, 11-4, 9-11, 11-9
9 - Greg Hyer (N) def. Ryan Swope (M), 11-5, 8-11, 16-14, 11-2
### Go Navy ###