Squash teams struggle in latest matches

Both the Colby men’s and women’s squash teams headed down to Connecticut last weekend.  Saturday featured matches against the Dickinson College Red Devils in which both the men’s and women’s team lost 7-2. On Sunday, Colby took on the perennial national power, Trinity College Bantams. The men lost that match 7-2, while the women fell 9-0.

On Saturday, the men’s team lost their match by a score of 7-2. Elliot Gross ’19 and Will Pepi ’20 were the only two Mules to win their matches. In addition, neither Gross nor Pepi gave up a single game. Their excellent play was for naught, however, as the rest of the lineup struggled to handle a retooled Dickinson squad.

Sunday did not prove to be any kinder to the Mules, as the men’s team fell by the same score to their conference rivals, the Trinity Bantams. The only wins came from Cal Perkins ’19 and Andrew Beacham ’17 at the number eight and nine spots respectively. Beacham had the match of the day as he came back from a 2-1 deficit to win his match by a final score of 3-2. He won decisively in the fifth game, winning by a score of 11-3.

The women’s team had an equally tough weekend, dropping both of their matches as well. Against Dickinson, only Lily Wain ’19 and Madiha Molani ’20 won. Everyone else lost as Colby fell by a final score of 7-2. The next day Trinity cruised to an easy 9-0 victory. 

Wain said, “I think this served as a good wakeup call for us and exposed us to some of the talented teams that are in our league.” She also commented on how many of their players are abroad. “Like the guys, I think once we get some of our players back from abroad we will have a bit more depth and we’ll start to see some wins during January,” she said.

“I mean obviously we would have liked to have seen different results,” said captain of the men’s team Patrick McCarthy ’17. He explained that they underestimated the Dickinson team. “We’ve gotten by them easily in the past and we thought that trend would continue. They’ve obviously retooled their program and have more talent this year,” he said.

Looking to January, McCarthy is optimistic. “[Right] now we’re missing some guys who are abroad and we’ve had some kids out with illnesses. I think we need to go into break and get healthy, get guys back, and understand that we can’t take any team for granted this year. If we just do that, we’ll have a successful rest of the season,” he said.

Both the men’s and women’s teams have a break until January 7, when they go on the road to face conference rival Williams College.

Leave a Reply