March 1, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — The 2013-14 collegiate squash season officially came to an end on Saturday afternoon for Navy juniors Jim Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) and Andrew McGuinness (Merion Station, Pa.), along with sophomore Mitch Bottini (New Hamburg, N.Y.) who closed out competition at the College Squash Association Individual Championship held in Philadelphia, Pa.
All three competed in the Molloy Division of the Championship with Kacergis and McGuinness earning opening-round byes on Friday morning. Bottini opened the competition dropping a heartbreaker to Bates’ Darius Campbell, 11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 3-11, 11-6. He came back later in the day to deal Georgetown’s Nicholas Kourides an 11-3, 11-3, 11-4 loss to advance in the first round of the consolation bracket. Bottini, however, fell out of the tournament in the consolation quarters with a 3-1 loss to MIT’s Tyler Finkelstein.
McGuinness, meanwhile, dropped a pair of 3-1 decision to Dartmouth’s Fletcher Pease and Trinity’s Affeeq Ismail.
Finally, Kacergis opened with a tough 3-2 loss to Michael LeBlanc of Princeton, 11-3, 8-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-7. He came back to post an 11-5, 11-2, 11-7 victory over Penn’s Liam Quinn in the second round consolations. However, Bates’ Darius Campbell collected his second win of the tournament over a Navy player, scoring a 9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 10-12, 12-10 win over Kacergis in the consolation quarterfinals to eliminate the Navy junior from the competition.
“I think Jim, Andrew and Mitch gained a greater appreciation for how tough the competition is at the College Squash Association Individual Championship, but I thought we gave a good effort and it was a good opportunity for each of them. We look forward to working in the off-season and improving upon our record and placement this year.”
### Go Navy ###