Jan. 30, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Coming off a successful weekend in Connecticut that saw the 14th-ranked Navy squash team earn victories over No. 18 Middlebury (6-3), No. 13 Bates (5-4) and No. 23 Colby (9-0), the Mids will be back on the road this weekend when they travel to New York. Navy is slated to meet eighth-ranked Cornell on Friday at 7:00 pm at the Belkin Squash Courts and will battle No. 28 Hobart on Saturday at 10:00 am at the Smith Squash Center.
Last weekend freshman Reed Whitney (Ladue, Mo.) was the lone player in the lineup to post an undefeated 4-0 mark. Among his highlights was a match-winning victory over Bates’ Darrius Campbell in four games. The match was deadlocked at four wins apiece when Whitney and Campbell were left on the court to determine the team victory. The win snapped a two-match losing streak against the Bobcats in a series that had seen Bates win 10 of the previously played 13 matches.
Meanwhile, down 2-1 in his match to senior Charlie Wyatt of Yale, Whitney was leading the fourth game, 3-0, when an injury forced Wyatt to retire. Whitney was awarded the victory to keep his flawless weekend record intact.
Other standout performers last weekend included sophomore Mitch Bottini (New Hamburg, N.Y.) and freshman Randy Beck (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) who both turned in 3-1 marks. Bottini leads the squad with a 15-2 record as the Mids’ No. 3 player, while Beck is now 9-6 on the year. Junior John Hsu (Jackson Heights, N.Y.) also put forth a solid weekend that featured a highlight reel comeback in his match against Bates. Down 2-0, Hsu carded a victory in the third game, 15-13, to extend the match. He edged Olumi in the fourth in another tough battle, 11-9, to force a fifth and deciding game. Hsu picked up the match victory by way of a 12-10 advantage in the fifth.
The Cornell Big Red, who stand 4-3 on the year, will face sixth-ranked Franklin & Marshall at 2:00 pm on Friday, just hours before meeting the Mids. Cornell won its first four matches over Drexel (5-4), Western Ontario (6-3), Columbia (5-4) and Brown (9-0), before dropping its last three against Yale (5-4), Trinity (6-3) and St. Lawrence (5-4).
Navy holds a slight 16-13 series advantage, including a 3-2 mark in matches played on Cornell’s home court. The Big Red, however, have won 11 of the last 12 matches played, including 10 straight. Friday night’s contest marks the first meeting between the two programs since Feb. 7, 2008, when Cornell dealt the Mids a 6-3 loss at the CSA Championship. It’s the first regular-season meeting since the Mids dropped a heart-breaking 5-4 decision to the Big Red in Ithaca on Feb. 10, 2007.
Hobart, meanwhile, stands 5-10 with just two regular-season matches remaining. The Statesmen have wins over Georgetown (8-1), Bard (9-0), Vassar (9-0), Stanford (7-2) and Boston College (8-1). Hobart is led by freshman Beau Orchard’s 8-5 mark playing in the center of the lineup, while junior Billy Abrams is the Statesmen’s No. 1 player who has amassed a 6-6 record this season.
Navy leads the series against Hobart, 25-6, including a 7-3 mark in matches played in Geneva. The Mids have won 13 straight against the Statesmen, last dropping a match on Feb. 7, 2004 (7-2).
The Mids will play one final match before the College Squash Association Team Championship on Feb. 14-16 at Harvard. Navy will travel to Lancaster, Pa., to face Franklin & Marshall on Feb. 8 at 3:00 pm.
### Go Navy ###