New England-Bound Mids Look to Stay Undefeated
Sophomore Mitch Bottini owns a 33-6 record, including a 6-0 mark this season.
Nov. 21, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Unbeaten in its six matches to date, the 15th-ranked Navy squash team will travel to New England this weekend to battle No. 23 Connecticut College (Friday, 5:00 pm), No. 16 Brown (Saturday, 11:00 am) and No. 18 Wesleyan (Sunday, 11:00 am).
The Mids are coming off a weekend that saw them post a 4-0 record at home, including a hard-fought 5-4 victory over 21st-ranked Drexel. Navy game up just points shy of taking the match 7-2 against the Dragons as junior Colin Barry (St. Louis, Mo.) dropped his fifth game by a 12-10 mark and sophomore Bill Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) fell in the fifth game, 11-6.
Meanwhile, junior Jim Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) is one of four players on the roster who not only has played in all six matches, but has also been unbeaten. Kacergis scored a 12-10, 11-7, 11-9 win in his battle against Drexel’s Justin Singh and enters the weekend with a 46-22 career mark.
Sophomore Mitch Bottini (New Hamburg, N.Y.) paced the Mids a year ago in the wins and is well on his way to doing the same, but playing in a more competitive position on the ladder. Settling into the No. 4 slot, Bottini has maintained his flawless 6-0 mark which featured a 3-0 sweep over Drexel’s Mark Kauf and stand 33-6 in his second season.
Playing his first full-time season as a member of the varsity is John Hsu (Jackson Heights, N.Y.) who turned in a 9-1 record a year ago, but saw most of his playing time in the No. 10 exhibition spot. He is off to a 6-0 start at the No. 8 slot and owns a remarkable 24-1 record.
Meanwhile, rookie Reed Whitney (Ladue, Mo.) has gotten off to a stellar collegiate career where he, too, has won all six of his matches.
Team captain Hunter Beck (Lafayette Hill, Pa.)sat out the Hobart match a week ago, but has also managed an unbeaten mark at 5-0. He is one win shy of recording his 60th collegiate victory. Meanwhile, junior Andrew McGuinness (Merion Station, Pa.) needs a sweep this weekend to post his 50th career win.
Navy owns a 44-9 combined record against its three opponents this weekend. The Mids face Connecticut College for just the second time (2009) in 13 meetings on the road. Navy owns a 12-0 mark against the Camels, who are 2-1 to date.
Navy’s stiffest challenge of the weekend will be Brown, who is just one spot behind the Mids in the rankings and who owns an 8-7 advantage in the series. Navy, though, has won two in a row against the Bears including last year’s 7-2 victory at the CSA Team Championship. Saturday’s match against the Mids’ will be the opener for Brown.
The Mids own a commanding 25-1 record against Wesleyan, including an 18-0 mark in matches played at Wesleyan. Navy’s lone loss in the series was a 5-4 setback in 1997 in a match played at West Point. The Cardinals stand 1-0 and will face Boston College and MIT on Saturday before facing the Mids on Sunday.
### Go Navy ###