#11 Navy Advances with 7-2 Victory over Bates at CSA Team Championship
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Navy (19-6) won four five-game matches to earn a 7-2 victory over 15th-seeded Bates Saturday afternoon at the College Squash Association Team Championship played at Harvard. With one match remaining in the team portion of the season, Navy will look to capture its ninth 20-win season under head coach Craig Dawson’s watch.
The Mids dropped matches at the #1 and #2 spots on the ladder, including a tough five-game loss by Senen Ubina (So / Greenwich, Conn.). That, however, would be Navy’s only loss among its five five-game matches of the day.
Owen Davis (Fr / Rydal, Pa.), Michael Kacergis (Fr / Malvern, Pa.) and Jamie Kjorlien (So / Greenwich, Conn.) all cruised the 3-0 victories, but it would be a matter of heart and fight for Dylan Sweeney (So / New York, N.Y.), Will Walker (Sr / Scarborough, N.Y.), Alex Patricolo (So / Southampton, N.Y.) and Sam McCartney (Jr / Chicago, Ill.).
Sweeney found himself trailing 0-2 against senior Spencer Burt at the #5 position, but an 11-4 victory in the third game sparked the sophomore. Sweeney went on to take games four and five by matching 11-9 scores to earn the win.
Walker, the only senior among the Mids’ nine-man lineup, won his first two games against sophomore Coley Cannon. Cannon, however, battled back to knot the match at two apiece via 11-9 and 11-8 wins in the third and fourth. Walker would not be denied as he claimed the match with an 11-9 victory in the fifth.
Patricolo also jumped out to a 2-0 lead on rookie Graham Bonnell at #8, but struggled in the next two matches, succumbing by 11-4 and 11-3 scores. Patricolo bounced back to take the match behind an 11-7 win in the fifth.
Finally, McCartney claimed his sixth straight victory at the CSA Team Championship by winning his final two games of a marathon five-game match against senior Carlos Ames at the #9 spot.
The Mids will face Western Ontario on Sunday at 11:00 am (at the Brooks School) in the 13-14 playoff. Western Ontario, seeded 12th, dropped a 6-3 decision to George Washington in its opener before dealing Franklin & Marshall a 5-4 loss in Saturday’s consolation round. Western Ontario defeated the Mids, 5-4, in Toronto on Jan. 7 in what was Navy’s first match back from its holiday break.
Navy 7, Bates 2
1 | Ahmed Hatata (B) def. Jack Herold (N), 11-6, 11-7, 11-9
2 | Mahmoud Yousry (B) def. Senen Ubina (N), 11-8, 5-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-9
3 | Owen Davis (N) def. Darrius Campbell (B), 11-6, 11-4, 11-9
4 | Michael Kacergis (N) def. Anirudh Nambiar (B), 11-8, 11-7, 11-4
5 | Dylan Sweeney (N) def. Spencer Burt (B), 14-16, 4-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-9
6 | Will Walker (N) def. Coley Cannon (B), 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 8-11, 11-9
7 | Jamie Kjorlien (N) def. McLeod Abbott (B), 11-9, 11-8, 12-10
8 | Alex Patricolo (N) def. Graham Bonnell (B), 11-3, 11-5, 4-11, 3-11, 11-7
9 | Sam McCartney (N) def. Carlos Ames (B), 10-12, 11-6, 5-11, 12-10, 11-8
### Go Navy ###