Guilherme de Melo Remains Unbeaten; Diplomats Post Two Wins

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Guilherme de Melo remained unbeaten with a trio of wins to highlight a 2-1 weekend for the No. 8 Franklin & Marshall men's squash team. The Diplomats (3-4) defeated No. 10 Williams and No. 23 Colby at the Yale Round Robin on Friday and Saturday, respectively, before falling at top-ranked Trinity (Conn.) on Sunday.

F&M opened the weekend with a 7-2 triumph over Williams. Four of the Diplomats seven wins came in straight games as Gabriel de Melo (No. 1), Guilherme de Melo (No. 2), Ryan Mullaney (No. 5) and Freddy Hernandez (No. 9) each downed their opponents in three straight. Sujat Barua (No. 8) tallied a four-game victory, while Alex Arjoon (No. 4) and Aadit Zaveri (No. 7) each went the distance with five-game triumphs.

Against Colby, the Diplomats secured an 8-1 victory, with seven of their eight wins coming in three straight games. Gabriel de Melo, Guilherme de Melo, Arjoon, Mullaney, Jack Cutler, Zaveri, Hernandez and Brian Henry (No. 8) each secured wins in the convincing victory.

Against Trinity, F&M gave the No. 1 team in the nation a stiff test as six of the nine matches stretched to four sets, but the Bantams came away with an 8-1 win. Guilherme de Melo tallied the lone win on the day for the Diplomats with a 11-9, 17-15, 9-11, 11-5 victory over Antonio Gonzalez-Diaz at No. 2.

The Diplomats return home on Wednesday, Jan. 18 against St. Lawrence at 4:30 pm.

#8 Franklin & Marshall 7, #10 Williams 2

Singles competition

1. Gabriel de Melo (F&M) def. William Morris (WIL) 11-9, 11-6, 11-7

2. Guilherme de Melo (F&M) def. Nicholas Marks (WIL) 11-6, 11-7, 13-11

3. Kevin Chen (WIL) def. Mauricio Sedano (F&M) 11-1, 9-11, 3-11, 11-7, 11-7

4. Alex Arjoon (F&M) def. Taylor Foehl (WIL) 11-9, 9-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7

5. Ryan Mullaney (F&M) def. Alex Greaves-Tunnell (WIL) 11-9, 11-3, 11-6

6. Andrew Maruca (WIL) def. Jack Cutler (F&M) 11-6, 3-11, 11-7, 11-9

7. Aadit Zaveri (F&M) def. Julian Drobetsky (WIL) 9-11, 2-11, 11-9, 11-6, 13-11

8. Sujat Barua (F&M) def. Chris Wilkinson (WIL) 13-11, 11-3, 8-11, 11-6

9. Freddy Hernandez (F&M) def. Jared Zuckerman (WIL) 11-6, 11-8, 11-8

Exh. Brian Henry (F&M) def. Conor McClintock (WIL) 16-14, 11-7, 11-1

  
#8 Franklin & Marshall 8, #23 Colby 1

Singles competition

1. Gabriel de Melo (F&M) def. Harry Smith (COLBY) 11-4, 11-9, 13-11

2. Guilherme de Melo (F&M) def. Will Sullivan (COLBY) 11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 11-3

3. Alex Arjoon (F&M) def. Roy Simpson III (COLBY) 11-5, 11-9, 11-5

4. Ryan Mullaney (F&M) def. Nat Cooper (COLBY) 11-4, 11-3, 11-7

5. Jack Cutler (F&M) def. Will Hochman (COLBY) 11-6, 11-8, 11-4

6. Aadit Zaveri (F&M) def. Steve Carroll (COLBY) 11-7, 11-4, 11-7

7. Freddy Hernandez (F&M) def. Pete Gabranski (COLBY) 11-4, 11-2, 11-8

8. Brian Henry (F&M) def. Ben York (COLBY) 11-6, 11-1, 11-6

9. John Eder (COLBY) def. I.H. "Wick" Clothier (F&M) 11-7, 11-7, 11-5

Exh. Peter Koekkoek (F&M) def. Darryl Soto (COLBY) 11-7, 11-4, 11-4

#1 Trinity (Conn.) 8, #8 Franklin & Marshall 1

Singles competition

1. Vikram Malhotra (TRIN) def. Gabriel de Melo (F&M) 8-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-6

2. Guilherme de Melo (F&M) def. Antonio Diaz (TRIN) 11-9, 17-15, 9-11, 11-5

3. Miled Z. Ramirez (TRIN) def. Mauricio Sedano (F&M) 11-4, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8

4. Johan Detter (TRIN) def. Alex Arjoon (F&M) 11-3, 7-11, 11-2, 11-6

5. Reinhold Hergeth (TRIN) def. Ryan Mullaney (F&M) 11-4, 11-6, 11-4

6. Vishrab Kotian (TRIN) def. Jack Cutler (F&M) 18-16, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6

7. Juan Flores (TRIN) def. Aadit Zaveri (F&M) 14-12, 11-4, 11-9

8. Matthew Mackin (TRIN) def. Sujat Barua (F&M) 11-5, 11-7, 12-10

9. Moustafa Hamada (TRIN) def. Freddy Hernandez (F&M) 11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 11-3

Exh. Elroy Leong (TRIN) def. Brian Henry (F&M) 11-6, 11-4, 11-2