|Alan Litman's victory at #1 clinched the team win|
CAMBRIDGE - Sophomore Alan Litman won the deciding match in the #1 slot as the Tufts University men's squash team opened College Squash Association (CSA) Team Championships play in the Conroy Division with a 5-4 victory over NESCAC rival Hamilton College on Friday morning.
Head coach Joe McManus's Jumbos advance to the Conroy Cup semi-finals where they will face Hobart College on Saturday at 9 a.m. The Statesmen were 8-1 winners over Connecticut College in their Conroy Cup opener today.
In the opening-round match played at MIT, #28 ranked Tufts and #29 Hamilton met for the third time this season. The Jumbos, who improved to 14-8 overall, won the season series 2-1 with their victory today. The Continentals fell to 7-12 overall. They will face Connecitcut College in the loser's bracket on Saturday at MIT starting at 9 a.m.
As usual, the Tufts-Hamilton match-up was closely contested. The nine contests featured three that went to five games and two more that went four.
Litman was one of three Jumbos to win in three games. With the team scored tied at 4-4, his 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 win over Hamilton's Colin O'Down at the top of the order secured victory for Tufts. The other three-game wins for Tufts came from freshman #2 Raghav Kumar (16-14, 11-5, 11-9) and freshman #5 Connor Wind (11-9, 11-7, 11-1).
Hamilton College won all of the five-game matches. At #3, Tufts sophomore Brett Raskopf took a 2-0 lead against Tucker Hamlin before the Continental rallied for a 9-11, 10-12, 12-10, 11-6, 11-5 win. In the fourth match, Jumbo junior Braden Chiulli came back from down two games to tie the match at 2-2 before succumbing in the fifth (11-8, 11-4, 11-13, 11-13, 11-7). Tufts freshman Amun Sahrawat had a 2-1 lead in the #9 match, but Hamilton's Jonathan Ruth pulled out a 6-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-6, 11-3 win.
The Jumbos were winners in the two four-game matches. Trailing 1-0, Jumbo sophomore Imran Trehan won the eighth match in four with 6-11, 11-3, 11-5, 12-10 scores. Tufts sophomore Aidan Porges and Hamilton's Sam Matlick were tied 1-1 and Porges took the final two games for a #6 victory (11-2, 7-11, 11-4, 11-9).
Continental Nicholas Conzelman also had an 11-8, 11-7, 11-2 win over Tufts junior Sandeep Rishi in the seventh match.
Hobart (8-13) is the #25 ranked team in the latest CSA poll. Saturday's match, to be played at Harvard, will be the first meeting between the Jumbos and the Statesmen since February 2013. The winner will advance to Sunday's Conroy Cup final.