PRINCETON, N.J. - No. 8 Franklin & Marshall fell to top-ranked Trinity (Conn.) 8-1 in the opening round of the College Squash Association (CSA) Team Championships on Friday at Princeton. With the loss, the Diplomats (11-7) move into the consolation side of the Potter Cup (A Division) bracket, while the Bantams (17-1) advance to the national semifinals.
F&M will face off against No. 5 Rochester, which suffered a 6-3 defeat at the hands of No. 4 Harvard, in Saturday's consolation semifinals.
Guilherme de Melo notched the lone victory of the match for the Diplomats at the No. 2 position. Much like F&M's loss to the Bantams early this year - also an 8-1 decision - de Melo posted a four-game win over Antonio Diaz. This time around, the junior took down Diaz 11-7, 4-11, 11-3, 11-6 for his team-leading 16th victory of the season.
While F&M was only able to come away with one win, several of the matches resulted in close outcomes as the Diplomats gave the 13-time defending national champions a strong opening-round test.
At the No. 5 spot, Ryan Mullaney narrowly lost the first two games against Johan Detter, 11-9 and 13-11, but bounced back with a 12-0 triumph in game three to extend the match. However, Detter responded with an 11-5 game four victory to earn the win.
Brian Henry and Pat Cunningham also pushed their opponents to four games at No. 8 and No. 9, respectively. Henry fell to Matthew Mackin, 11-6, 11-6, 3-11, 11-3, while Cunningham was edged out by Moustafa Hamada, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-4.
The Diplomats return to the court against Rochester in the consolation semifinals on Saturday at 3:00 pm.
#1 Trinity (Conn.) 8, #8 Franklin & Marshall 1
|1. Vikram Malhotra (TRIN) def. Gabriel de Melo (F&M) 11-3, 11-8, 11-3|
|2. Guilherme de Melo (F&M) def. Antonio Diaz (TRIN) 11-7, 4-11, 11-3, 11-6|
|3. Miled Z. Ramirez (TRIN) def. Mauricio Sedano (F&M) 11-9, 11-5, 18-16|
|4. Reinhold Hergeth (TRIN) def. Alex Arjoon (F&M) 12-10, 11-6, 11-1|
|5. Johan Detter (TRIN) def. Ryan Mullaney (F&M) 11-9, 13-11, 10-12, 11-5|
|6. Vishrab Kotian (TRIN) def. Aadit Zaveri (F&M) 11-4, 11-2, 11-9|
|7. Juan Flores (TRIN) def. Sujat Barua (F&M) 11-3, 11-1, 14-12|
|8. Matthew Mackin (TRIN) def. Brian Henry (F&M) 11-6, 11-6, 3-11, 11-3|
|9. Moustafa Hamada (TRIN) def. Pat Cunningham (F&M) 9-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-4|
|Exh. Elroy Leong (TRIN) def. Freddy Hernandez (F&M) 11-4, 11-8, 11-9|