Oct. 8, 2012
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Taking part in the 2012-13 Intercollegiate Doubles Championship in Philadelphia over the weekend, squash standouts Hunter Beck and Andrew McGuinness, along with brothers Jim and Billy Kacergis represented the Naval Academy in fine fashion. Navy was among the 11 schools (Bates, Columbia, Franklin & Marshall, Penn, Princeton, Rochester, St. Lawrence, Trinity, Wesleyan and Yale) represented at the event which was hosted by the Racquet Club of Philadelphia and the Germantown Cricket Club.
Semifinalists a year ago, Beck and McGuinness cruised through the competition to earn a spot in this year's championship match. The Navy duo opened the weekend with a 15-5, 15-6, 15-8 victory over the Princeton tandem of Tyler Osborne and Samuel Kang before scoring a 15-10, 15-4, 11-15, 15-5 win over another Princeton pair, Dylan Ward and Ash Egan. Beck and McGuinness punched their ticket into the finals by way of a 15-9, 15-13, 15-4 victory over Rochester's Faraz Khan and Neil Cordell in the semis.
Beck and McGuinness dropped the opening game to their Princeton foes of Taylor Tutrone and three-time All-American Todd Harrity, 15-6, but bounced right back to even the match at one apiece with a 15-6 win of their own. Tutrone and Harrity, members of the Tigers squad that claimed the 2011-12 College Squash Association Team Championship, came back to take the match 15-14, 15-6.
The Kacergis brothers were tripped up in the opening round of the tournament by Khan and Cordell, 15-13, 15-10, 15-12, but rallied in the consolation bracket. The Navy tandem defeated Columbia's Alex Nalle and Anthony Zou, 15-9, 15-3, 15-4, before taking down Christopher Fernandez and Seetreon Torres of St. Lawrence, 15-12, 15-12, 15-7 in the consolation semis. Jim, a sophomore, and Billy, a Plebe, went on to win the consolation bracket with a 15-10, 15-9, 15-6 victory over Yale's Richard Dodd and Hywel Robinson.
### Go Navy ###