Navy Squash Sweeps Denison, Drops Heart-Breaker to Western Ontario
Senior Tucker George earned a pair of wins for the Midshipmen Saturday, including a five-game marathon match against Western Ontario's Chris Hanebury.
Oct. 27, 2007
EVANSTON, Ill. - The Navy squash team split its results in its final two matches at Northwestern Saturday where it easily defeated Denison, 9-0, before dropping a tough 6-3 decision to Western Ontario. The Midshipmen earned a 2-1 record in their opening weekend of action and will be back in action in two weeks when they play host to the Navy Invitational on Nov. 9-11.
"We played a strong match against Denison and came back to lose a tough match against Western Ontario," said Navy head coach Craig Dawson. "There were some good matches against Western Ontario, but we now know what we need to work on over the next couple of weeks to improve."
First established in 1995, Navy is diligently working on evening its series with Denison as the Midshipmen have now won five in a row against the Big Red. Meanwhile, Navy and Western Ontario have met just three times with the inaugural meeting in February of 1992. The last time the two teams met up was in 1999 in Rochester, N.Y. Prior to Saturday's contest, the prior two matches against the Mustangs had ended with the Mids winning just one of the nine matches in each.
Navy's top three players on the ladder walked each won two matches, including Navy senior Tucker George (West Hartford, Conn.) who cruised to a 9-3, 9-2, 9-2 victory over Denison's Asad Khan in the opener. However, he was forced to five games in his Western Ontario match against Chris Hanebury. George fell behind early, but came back to take a 2-1 lead after winning games two and three, 9-4 and 9-2, respectively. Hanebury forced a fifth game after beating George, 9-1, but George took the match with a 9-6 game five win.
Nils Mattsson (Spring House, Pa.), Navy's No. 2 player turned in a pair of 3-0 wins on the afternoon, defeating Ned Marks of Denison, 9-4, 9-2, 9-6, while posting a 9-4, 9-3, 9-4 win over Western Ontario's Greg Hutner.
Also winning back-to-back three-game matches was team captain Jeff Sawin (Haverford, Pa.) at No. 3 who put away Denison's Bilal Khan, 9-3, 9-2, 95, and Western Ontario junior Iain Crozier, 9-6, 9-2, 9-1.
Rookie Allan Lutz (McLean, Va.) nearly swept his two opponents at No. 4, as he produced a 9-1, 9-6, 9-3 win over Denison's Drew Snell before dropping a heart-breaker against his UWO foe. After dropping the opening two games, 9-7 and 9-2 against senior Ryan Osbourne, Lutz evened the match with a pair of 10-8 wins. It was Osbourne, however, who outlasted Lutz in the end, taking game five, 10-8.
Allen Hartley (Charleston, W.Va.) swept his Denison foe, Russell Holman, 9-0, 9-0, 9-0, while freshman Brad Seidel (Toledo, Ohio) and Christopher Zipf (Gladwyne, Pa.) each gave up just one point in their 3-0 wins over ther Big Red opponents.
Navy def. Denison, 9-0 Oct. 27, 2007 Evanston Ill. 1 Tucker George (N) def. Asad Khan (D) 3-0 9-3, 9-2, 9-2 2 Nils Mattsson (N) def. Ned Marks (D) 3-0 9-4, 9-2, 9-6 3 Jeff Sawin (N) def. Bilal Khan (D) 3-0 9-3, 9-2, 9-5 4 Allan Lutz (N) def. Drew Snell (D) 3-0 9-1, 9-6, 9-3 5 Ben Mantica (N) def. Mike McDonald (D) 3-0 9-2, 9-0, 9-0 6 Michael Beautyman Jr (N) def. Griffin Merrill (D) 3-0 9-1, 9-2, 9-0 7 Brad Seidel (N) def. Aaron Dayton (D) 3-0 9-1, 9-0, 9-0 8 Christopher Zipf (N) def. Luke Kazmier (D) 3-0 9-1, 9-0, 9-0 9 Allen Hartley (N) def. Russell Holman (D) 3-0 9-0, 9-0, 9-0
Western Ontario def. Navy, 6-3 Oct. 27, 2007 Evanston Ill. 1 Tucker George (N) def. Chris Hanebury (WO) 3-2 4-9, 9-4, 9-2, 1-9, 9-6 2 Nils Mattsson (N) def. Greg Hutner (WO) 3-0 9-4, 9-3, 9-4 3 Jeff Sawin (N) def. Iain Crozier (WO) 3-0 9-6, 9-2, 9-1 4 Ryan Osbourne (WO) def. Allan Lutz (N) 3-2 9-7, 9-2, 8-10, 8-10, 10-8 5 Strachan Jarvis (WO) def. Ben Mantica (N) 3-0 9-3, 9-2, 9-2 6 Kimesh Chetty (WO) def. Michael Beautyman Jr (N) 3-0 9-4, 9-2, 9-0 7 Joel Rothwell (WO) def. Brad Seidel (N) 3-1 9-3, 9-5, 5-9, 9-4 8 Ryan Forster (WO) def. Christopher Zipf (N) 3-0 9-2, 9-0, 9-4 9 Rafik Bhaloo (WO) def. Allen Hartley (N) 3-1 6-9, 9-2, 9-2, 9-3