Feb. 13, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The 13th-seeded Navy squash team begins its quest to win the Hoehn Cup at the 2014 College Squash Assocation (CSA) Team Championship this weekend in Boston, Mass. when it opens play on Friday at 11:30 am against No. 12 Dartmouth. Joining the Mids in the Hoehn Division are No. 9 Princeton, No. 10 Western Ontario, No. 11 Columbia, No. 12 Dartmouth, No. 14 Drexel, No. 15 Williams and No. 16 Bates.
The Mids enter this weekend’s team championship with a 14-6 record under 14th-year head coach Craig Dawson, including a 2-2 record against teams in the Hoehn Division. Navy captured wins earlier in the season against Drexel (5-4) and Bates (5-4), while coming up short against Penn (6-3) and its opening-round opponent Dartmouth (5-4).
The Mids opened up a 3-1 lead in their match against the Big Green on Dec. 6, taking wins at the No. 2 (Jim Kacergis), 4 (Mitch Bottini) and 8 (John Hsu) spots. Dartmouth, however, quickly regrouped and won the next four matches, including the No. 5 battle between Dartmouth junior Michael Mistras and Navy freshman Reed Whitney (Ladue, Mo.) that would ultimately clinch the match for the Big Green. Whitney took a 2-1 lead in the match, but Mistras clawed his way back in with an 11-9 game-four victory. Mistras would claim the match in the fifth by way of an 11-7 win.
While Navy dominated the upper half of the lineup in its match against the Big Green, since the turn of the calendar year the Mids have moved around their lineup.
A fairly veteran team, three players on the Mids’ nine-man ladder will be making their first appearance at the CSA Team Championship. Rookies Reed Whitney (Ladue, Mo.), who stands 15-5 on the year and has been playing the No. 7 spot in the lineup in the second half of the year, and Randy Beck (Lafayette Hill, Pa.), who owns a 10-8 record primarily as the No. 9 player, will be playing in their first championship, as will junior John Hsu (Jackson Heights, N.Y.).
Senior team captain Hunter Beck (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) is the most experienced among Navy lineup having played in every CSA Team Championship since arriving in Annapolis. Beck, who came into last year’s tournament with a 4-2 all-time CSA Team Championship mark, struggled a year ago, dropping all three of his matches.
Meanwhile, junior Colin Barry (St. Louis, Mo.) enters the weekend with a 4-2 mark in CSA play, while classmate Jim Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) is 3-3.
Navy will face either No. 9 Princeton or No. 16 Bates on Saturday as the tournament progresses. Should Navy defeat Dartmouth in the opening round, Saturday’s second-round match would begin at 9:00 am, however a loss would send the Mids to the consolation bracket for a 9:00 am match.
Last year, Navy dropped its first two matches of the tournament against No. 11 Columbia (6-3) and No. 15 Bates (5-4), but battled back to score a 7-2 win over No. 16 Brown and finished 15th in the tournament.
### Go Navy ###