F&M Outlasts No. 22 MIT

F&M Outlasts No. 22 MIT

HARTFORD, Conn. – Franklin & Marshall's No. 19 men's squash team hung on for a 6-3 victory over No. 22 MIT on Friday night to advance into tomorrow's Summers Cup Semifinals at the 2018 Collegiate Squash Association (CSA) Championships. 

The Diplomats improved to 4-15 on the year while the Engineers fell to 15-6. 

Tomorrow's Semifinal match is set for a 5:30 p.m. start at the Keller Squash Center on the campus of Trinity College. F&M will square off against No. 18 Bates who upended No. 23 Colby in the First Round. 

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By the Numbers 

With the Diplomats ahead by a 4-2 score, MIT began to mount a comeback. The Engineers secured a come-from-behind 3-2 win at No. 4 to pull the team score within one before F&M's No. 1 player Sanjay Jeeva clinched the match with a thrilling 3-2 win at the top of the ladder. 

Only one of the nine contests resulted in a straight-game sweep with four going the distance at five frames. The Diplomats were dominant at the top of the order, winning each of the No.'s 1-3 positions.

F&M improved to 10-1 in the all-time series against MIT and has now won six straight.

The Results

1. Sanjay Jeeva (FMCM) def. Joe O'Connor (MIT) 4-11, 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10
2. Silvio Soom (FMCM) def. V. Paul Kukadia (MIT) 11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 11-5
3. Yannis Senkel (FMCM) def. Henry Martin (MIT) 11-9, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8
4. William Wu (MIT) def. Samm Fulton (FMCM) 11-4, 9-11, 11-13, 11-5, 11-9
5. Boden Polikoff (FMCM) def. Jeffrey Hu (MIT) 13-11, 11-3, 11-8
6. Justin Restivo (MIT) def. King Bassett (FMCM) 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 12-10
7. Ricardo Machado (FMCM) def. Brad Levin (MIT) 11-9, 12-14, 6-11, 11-9, 11-7
8. Robert Williamson (MIT) def. Frank Murray (FMCM) 11-5, 11-13, 11-6, 11-4
9. Jackson McCord (FMCM) def. Neel Das (MIT) 11-2, 11-8, 11-13, 2-11, 11-5