Feb. 14, 2014
BOSTON, Mass. -- Despite wins at the No. 1 and 2 positions of the ladder, the 13th-seeded Navy squash team dropped a 6-3 decision to No. 12 Dartmouth Friday afternoon in the opening round of the College Squash Association Team Championship hosted by Harvard.
Navy entered the match healthy and with high hopes of avenging a regular-season loss to the Big Green in December that also saw the Mids win the top two positions.
The junior combination of Jim Kacergis (Mavlvern, Pa.) and Andrew McGuinness (Merion Station, Pa.) topped their foes at the top of the ladder with Kacergis needing five games in his rematch against freshman Nick Harrington. Kacergis edged Harrington in four games in Annapolis on Dec., 6, but fought back from a 2-1 deficit to take the match in five games.
Meanwhile, McGuinness, who took a five-game decision over Alexander Greer during the regular season, routed veteran Chris Jung, 11-5, 11-3, 11-7, at the No. 2 position on Friday.
Navy earned its final win of the day at the No. 7 slot. Rookie Reed Whitney (Ladue, Mo.) dropped a five-game heartbreaker to junior Michael Mistras during the regular season in what ultimately determined the match winner. Whitney came out on top in Friday's match, however, scoring a 7-11, 12-10, 12-10, 11-9 victory over sophomore James Fisch.
Three of the Mids' six losses were in extra frames, including Mitch Bottini's (New Hamburg, N.Y.) loss to second-year standout Kyle Martin in five games at the No. 3 position, while freshman Randy Beck (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) also suffered a 3-2 loss at the No. 9 spot to fellow newcomer Geordie Henderson. Beck was up in the match, 2-1, before succumbing in back-to-back games, 11-7.
"At nationals, you have to win the close matches and while we won two of them, it simply wasn't enough," said Navy head coach Craig Dawson.
Meanwhile, sophomore Bill Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) was forced to not only bow out of his match against Mistras, but will miss the remainder of the tournament after suffering a sprained ankle.
The Midshipmen will work their way through the consolation bracket on Saturday when they battle 16th-seeded Bates at 9:00 am. Navy scored a 5-4 decision against Bates on Jan. 25 at the Yale Tournament.
Dartmouth def. Navy, 6-3
1 - Jim Kacergis (N) def. Nick Harrington (D), 8-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-7, 11-6
2 - Andrew McGuinness (N) def. Chris Jung (D), 11-5, 11-3, 11-7
3 - Kyle Martino (D) def. Mitch Bottini (N), 8-11, 11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6
4 - Fletcher Pease (D) def. Colin Barry (N), 11-8, 8-11, 11-4, 11-3
5 - Mark Funk (D) def. Hunter Beck (N), 11-6, 11-9, 11-7
6 - Michael Mistras (D) def. Bill Kacergis (N), 11-9, 11-4, 7-3 ret.
7 - Reed Whitney (N) def. James Fisch (D), 7-11, 12-10, 12-10, 11-9
8 - Bayard Kuensell (D) def. John Hsu (N), 11-7, 11-3, 11-4
9 - Geordie Henderson D) def. Randy Beck (N), 6-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7
### Go Navy ###