No. 14 Penn Hands Navy Squash First Loss
Dec. 5, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The 14th-ranked Penn squash team (3-0) dealt No. 15 Navy (9-1) its first loss of the season, as the Quakers scored a 6-3 victory over the Mids Thursday evening at the Halsey Field House International Squash Courts. It was the 14th consecutive win by Penn over the Mids in a series the Quakers now lead, 45-27.
“I was proud of the effort we gave tonight,” said Navy head coach Craig Dawson. “We won some tough matches and fell short in a few others, but we will continue to work hard to put ourselves in a position to win one of these tight matches.”
The two teams traded wins over the first four matches with Penn picking up wins at the No. 6 and 8 slots, while Navy emerged the victor at the No. 2 and 4 positions.
Junior Jim Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) dropped his opener against Penn rookie Rahil Fazelbhoy, 14-12, but bounced back in the match and dominated the remaining three games, 11-2, 11-2, 11-4. Not only was it an impressive win for Kacergis who is undefeated this season (10-0), it was also a milestone marker as he secured his 50th collegiate win.
At the No. 4 spot, sophomore Mitch Bottini (New Hamburg, N.Y.) jumped out to a 2-0 lead but nearly saw the match slip away. Penn senior Derek Chilvers took games three and four by identical 11-5 scores to force a game five. Behind a supportive crowd, Bottini was able to push his winning streak to 10 as he closed out the victory with an 11-7 victory in the fifth.
Penn, though, went on to win three straight and took a 5-2 advantage in the match with wins at the No. 5, 7 and 9 positions to assure itself of the team win.
Navy earned its third victory of the match when junior Andrew McGuinness (Merion Station, Pa.) fought his way back from a 2-0 deficit to win in five games against former high school teammateTyler Odell. Odell won the first two games, 11-6 and 11-6, before McGuinness mounted his comeback. His 11-3 win in the third turned the momentum in his corner and a 13-11 win in the fourth seemed to give McGuinness the confidence to seal the win in the fifth, 11-6. Like Kacergis, McGuinness also captured his 50th career win as he improved to 8-2 on the year.
Junior Colin Barry (St. Louis, Mo.) came up short in his match at No. 3, dropping a five-game decision to Penn’s Liam Quinn, 5-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-6, 11-4.
The Mids will have little time to dwell on their loss, however, as they play host to 10th-ranked Dartmouth Friday at 12-noon.
“I would like to thank everyone who came out to support out team tonight,” added Dawson. “In particular the Midshipmen, who really provided a lift for their classmates. I hope to see many of them back here tomorrow when we face a top-10 Dartmouth squad.”
Penn def. Navy, 6-3
1 - Andrew McGuinness (N) def. Tyler Odell (P), 6-11, 6-11, 11-3, 13-11, 11-6
2 - Jim Kacergis (N) def. Rahil Fazelbhoy (P), 12-14, 11-2, 11-2, 11-4
3 - Liam Quinn (P) def. Colin Barry (N), 5-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-6, 11-4
4 - Mitch Bottini (N) def. Derek Chilvers (P), 11-6, 11-5, 5-11, 5-11, 11-7
5 - Augie Frank (P) def. Reed Whitney (N), 11-8, 11-9, 11-6
6 - Michael Mutscheller (P) def. Hunter Beck (N), 11-4, 4-11, 12-10, 11-7
7 - Jack Maine (P) def. Bill Kacergis (N), 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-4
8 - George Lemmon (P) def. John Hsu (N), 11-8, 11-5, 11-6
9 - John Dudzik (P) def. Randy Beck (N), 11-6, 12-10, 11-8
### Go Navy ###