Men’s Squash starts 2-0, Women open at 1-1

With strong finishes from both Colby Men’s and Women’s Squash last season, excitement was high as they went into their opening matches on November 21. Led by respected coach Sakhi Khan, last year’s NESCAC Coach of the Year, the Mules opened strong, with the men winning both of their opening matches and the women going 1-1. 

After finishing last season ranked 21 in the nation, and ninth among DIII colleges, the men looked to start their season with a dominating display, and they readily delivered. First facing Northeastern, the Mules put on an impressive performance, cruising to an 8-1 win.  Up first, Will McBrian ’18 quickly felled Northeastern’s Evan Jacobsen in a 3-0 match. Benjamin Kwass ‘18 stepped up second, winning his first set but then losing three in a row for the Mules’ only defeat of the match. The Mules found their stride again in the remaining seven matches of the day, dispatching their opponents in a relentlessly clinical fashion for a a comfortable win.

The men’s match against MIT began less smoothly when McBrian was defeated by MIT’s Justin Restivo in a close 3-2 match.  The possibility of defeat was eliminated, however, when Colby won three successive matches. MIT managed to rally in the fifth match as Jeffrey Hu defeated Mules’ Hugh Doherty ’17 but the reprieve was short-lived as the Mules won all of the following matches, culminating in a 7-2 win. McBrian commented, “I think we’re going to be stronger than last year, and we’re aiming for top 20 in the country,” demonstrating the confident attitude that has brought Colby Men’s Squash success thus far.

While not as successful in their opening foray as the men, Colby Women’s Squash still opened the season strong, going 1-1. Having finished 20 in the nation last season, expectations were equally, if not higher, for the women’s team. Unfortunately, the opening match against Wellesley did not go as hoped, with the Mules falling 7-2. After Wellesley won  the first match in a close 3-2 affair, the Mules rallied, and  Captain Julie Wolpow ’16 and Helen Bernhard ’19 won the second and third matches, respectively. However, Wellesley quickly regained their lead, winning the next six matches for a final score of 7-2.

Eager to recover from the opening loss, the Mules came back strong in their second match against Northeastern, charging to an 8-1 victory. Lacking a ninth player, the Mules’ only loss came from a forfeit in the ninth, giving Northeastern a solitary win. Winning every match except the eighth by a score of 3-0, Colby Women’s Squash recovered from their initial defeat to a resounding victory, demonstrating just why they were ranked 20th in the nation.

  Colby Squash made a powerful statement about the coming season in their opening weekend performances. Seeking to emulate the success of last season, the Mules are without a doubt looking ahead to their coming matches, and victories, in January.

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