Diplomats Split Pair

LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall split a pair of matches against Yale and Bates in men's squash action on Saturday in Lancaster. The eighth-ranked Diplomats were edged by second-ranked Yale, 6-3, in their first match, before taking down 16th-ranked Bates, 8-1, for their first victory of the season.

F&M (1-3) put up a valiant effort against Yale (1-0) in a contest that came down to the wire. Guilherme de Melo and Pat Cunningham each posted three-game victories for the Diplomats at the No. 2 and No. 9 spots, respectively. de Melo took down Hywel Robinson 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 at No. 2, while Cunningham defeated Eric Caine at No. 9 by a score of 12-10, 11-9, 11-3. Mauricio Sedano notched F&M's other victory in four games at No. 3 (11-9, 11-7, 5-11, 11-7).

The Diplomats came out on the losing side of a pair of five-game matches that ultimately decided the contest. At No. 1, Gabriel de Melo lost a hard-fought, back-and-forth battle with Kenneth Chan, 11-5, 10-12, 3-11, 11-2, 11-9. At No. 4, Alex Arjoon took an early two-game lead, but the Bulldogs' John Roberts rallied for an 11-13, 7-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-2 victory.

F&M responded from its setback against Yale with an 8-1 trouncing of Bates for its first win of the year. Seven of the Diplomats eight victories came in three straight games, while their only loss stretched to five games. Gabriel de Melo downed Bobby Burns at No. 1 (11-8, 11-6, 11-4), Guilherme de Melo outlasted Kristian Muldoon with a come-from-behind win at No. 2 (9-11, 9-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-2).

Other victorious Diplomats included Sedano at No. 3 (11-9, 11-3, 11-6), Ryan Mullaney at No. 5 (10-12, 11-9, 11-4, 11-9), Aadit Zaveri at No. 7 (11-9, 13-11, 11-7), Freddy Hernandez at No. 8 (11-3, 11-5, 11-9) and Brian Henry at No. 9 (11-6, 11-1, 11-4).

F&M must now wait for over a month until its next match. The Diplomats return to the court at the Yale Round Robin against Williams on Friday, Jan. 13 at 8:30 pm.

#2 Yale 6, #8 Franklin & Marshall 3

Singles competition
1. Kenneth Chan (YALE) def. Gabriel de Melo (F&M) 11-5, 10-12, 3-11, 11-2, 11-9
2. Guilherme de Melo (F&M) def. Hywel Robinson (YALE) 11-8, 11-8, 11-9
3. Mauricio Sedano (F&M) def. Richard Dodd (YALE) 11-9, 11-7, 5-11, 11-7
4. John Roberts (YALE) def. Alex Arjoon (F&M) 11-13, 7-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-2
5. Ryan Dowd (YALE) def. Ryan Mullaney (F&M) 11-4, 11-7, 11-5
6. Neil Martin (YALE) def. Jack Cutler (F&M) 11-9, 11-7, 11-7
7. Samuel Clayman (YALE) def. Aadit Zaveri (F&M) 11-7, 11-8, 11-5
8. Charlie Wyatt (YALE) def. Freddy Hernandez (F&M) 11-5, 11-9, 11-4
9. Pat Cunningham (F&M) def. Eric Caine (YALE) 12-10, 11-9, 11-3
Exh. Sam Haig (YALE) def. Adnan Abdulhusein (F&M) 11-5, 11-6, 11-9

#8 Franklin & Marshall 8, #16 Bates 1

Singles competition
1. Gabriel de Melo (F&M) def. Bobby Burns (BC) 11-8, 11-6, 11-4
2. Guilherme de Melo (F&M) def. Kristian Muldoon (BC) 9-11, 9-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-2
3. Mauricio Sedano (F&M) def. R.J. Keating (BC) 11-9, 11-3, 11-6
4. Eric Bedell (BC) def. Alex Arjoon (F&M) 7-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-4
5. Ryan Mullaney (F&M) def. Andy Cannon (BC) 10-12, 11-9, 11-4, 11-9
6. Jack Cutler (F&M) def. Nabil Saleem (BC) 11-9, 11-4, 11-8
7. Aadit Zaveri (F&M) def. Jason Shrubb (BC) 11-9, 13-11, 11-7
8. Freddy Hernandez (F&M) def. William Feamley (BC) 11-3, 11-5, 11-9
9. Brian Henry (F&M) def. Rodney Galvao (BC) 11-6, 11-1, 11-4
Exh. Ben Ng (F&M) def. Julian Hackney (BC) 11-5, 11-9, 11-9