Men’s Squash Goes 1-1; Nearly Upsets No. 10 Virginia

Men’s Squash Goes 1-1; Nearly Upsets No. 10 Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Franklin & Marshall's No. 16 men's squash team went 1-1 on Sunday to close out competition at the Mid-Atlantic Championships in Virginia. The Diplomats, who now sit at 12-5 on the season, upended No. 15 George Washington by a 5-4 tally before falling just short in a rally against No. 10 Virginia at 5-4.

By the Numbers (George Washington) 

Although George Washington controlled the top of the order with wins in each of the top three spots, F&M dominated the No.'s 4-8 positions with a perfect 5-0 mark.

Aryan Parekh (No. 4) and Boden Polikoff (No. 6) each battled back from 2-0 deficits for eventual 3-2 wins. Sunday's victory snapped a two-match losing streak to the Colonials as the Diplomats are now 39-2 in the series. 

The Results (George Washington)

1. Mohammad Alterki (GWU) def. Shams Abbas (FMCM) 9-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-1
2. Moudy Abdel-Maksoud (GWU) def. Sanjay Jeeva (FMCM) 12-10, 14-12, 14-12
3. Salim Khan (GWU) def. Silvio Soom (FMCM) 11-3, 11-7, 11-4
4. Aryan Parekh (FMCM) def. Inaki de Larrauri (GWU) 9-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-1, 11-7
5. Yannis Senkel (FMCM) def. Julian Jervis (GWU) 11-5, 12-10, 11-6
6. Boden Polikoff (FMCM) def. Benjamin Sim (GWU) 9-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-5
7. Matthew Dukarm (FMCM) def. Juan Laguna (GWU) 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9
8. Ricardo Machado (FMCM) def. Luke Stauffer (GWU) 16-14, 11-8, 11-3
9. Abbas Saeed (GWU) def. Samm Fulton (FMCM) 12-10, 11-8, 11-9
Exh. Geordie Laird (GWU) def. Frank Murray (FMCM) 9-11, 8-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-7 

By the Numbers (Virginia) 

Trailing by a 4-2 team score, the Diplomats stormed back with wins by Yannis Senkel at No. 5 and Matthew Dukarm at No. 7. The decisive match occurred at No. 3 where Silvio Soom jumped out to the 1-0 lead with an 11-7 opening-game victory. However, Virginia's Toby Hansford rattled off three in a row to seal the 3-1 individual win, as well as the match for Virginia.

The Results (Virginia)

1. Shams Abbas (FMCM) def. Will Holey (UVA) 11-6, 6-11, 11-5, 11-6
2. Sanjay Jeeva (FMCM) def. William Braff (UVA) 11-3, 11-7, 11-5
3. Toby Hansford (UVA) def. Silvio Soom (FMCM) 7-11, 11-6, 14-12, 11-4
4. Grayson Bubrosky (UVA) def. Aryan Parekh (FMCM) 12-10, 10-12, 8-11, 13-11, 11-0
5. Yannis Senkel (FMCM) def. Andrew Braff (UVA) 11-9, 11-3, 11-8
6. Glenn Yates (UVA) def. Boden Polikoff (FMCM) 11-5, 11-3, 9-1, 11-7
7. Matthew Dukarm (FMCM) def. Jarett Odrich (UVA) 11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7
8. Matthew Katz (UVA) def. King Bassett (FMCM) 6-11, 11-4, 11-6, 12-10
9. Henry Woodworth (UVA) def. Ricardo Machado (FMCM) 11-4, 11-9, 11-6
Exh. James Dudzik (UVA) def. Frank Murray (FMCM) 11-6, 11-2, 11-8 

Win Streaks

Yannis Senkel - 9
Matthew Dukarm - 5

Up Next

F&M returns to the courts on Saturday when the Diplomats host members of the Centennial Conference for a one-day tournament. Action opens against Haverford at 10:30 a.m. while Dickinson and Johns Hopkins square off at 1:00 p.m. The Championship match is currently slated for a 6:00 p.m. start.