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Long Fought Match Ends in Tight Defeat

TJ Dembinski. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
TJ Dembinski. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

PHILADELPHIA, Penn.—The No. 8 Yale men's squash team played a close and grueling match against No. 5 Drexel on Friday, just missing out on the win with a final score of 5-4.

The Yale men have a long day cut out for them tomorrow when they see George Washington and the Naval Academy at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., respectively.

The epic match, which lasted over three hours, was head-to-head for its entirety. The match came down to a single point between Yale freshman Spencer Lovejoy and his competitor Omar El Atmas in the No. 1 spot. The final game yielded a high 15-13 end score as the pair battled it out.

The epic match, which lasted over three hours, was head-to-head for its entirety. The match came down to a single point between Yale freshman Spencer Lovejoy and his competitor Omar El Atmas in the No. 1 spot. The final game yielded a high 15-13 end score as the pair battled it out.
 
Yale took matches at the No. 5, 7, 8 and 9 spots, two of which were hard fought matches that lasted five games. Junior Arjun Kochhar, who played in the No. 7 spot, rebounded after two consecutive losses to win three straight games and cinch the win against opponent Noel Solomon.
 
Junior Max Martin also played strongly, winning in the No. 5 position in a three-game sweep.
 
The Bulldogs are up against a challenging league of collegiate squash teams this year, and according to head coach Dave Talbott, the "year-end tournament is going to be wide open", leaving the Yale men room to swoop in and take another whack at the Dragons.
 
The Yale men have a long day cut out for them tomorrow when they see George Washington and the Naval Academy at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., respectively.
Report by Kate Flanders '18, Yale Sports Publicity