Yale Handles Cornell and Hobart

Jan. 20, 2007

GENEVA, NY - Yale concluded an impressive weekend on Saturday, beating Cornell 9-0 in Ithaca, NY before heading to Geneva to dominate Hobart by the same 9-0 score. Nick Chirls was able to survive several match points in an epic five-game win over Chris Sachvie of Cornelll, and Bill Hatch did not drop a single point in his 3-0 win over Andrew McDonough of Hobart.

Yale's first match, against Cornell, was closer than the 9-0 score might indicate. Chirls, at No. 1, was able to pull out an extremely tough 5-9, 9-5, 1-9, 10-8, 10-8 win. No. 2 Max Samuel overcame a 9-3 loss in the first game to pull out a four-game win over Steven Peever, and No. 3 Moshe Sarfaty won a tight match 9-6, 5-9, 10-9, 9-6 over Rohit Gupta.

"Max and Moshe really were at the top of their games," said Associate Head Coach Gareth Webber afterward.

Though Yale's top three seeds were indeed challenged in their matches, the Bulldogs did pick up some easy wins as well. No. 5 Francis Johnson defeated Andrew McReynolds 3-0 (9-3, 9-2, 9-0), No. 6 Todd Ruth dispatched Ted Hill 3-0 (9-1, 9-5, 9-0), No. 7 Ho Ming Chiu beat Chris Vernick 3-0 (9-2, 9-4, 9-7), and No. 9 Bill Hatch crushed Alex Wolff 3-0 (9-2, 9-4, 9-1). Rounding out the Bulldog wins against the Big Red were No. 4 Aaron Fuchs, who beat Mike Gelinas 9-2, 10-8, 9-0, and No. 8 Colin Campbell, who got by Omar Mangalii 9-0, 5-9, 9-7, 9-2.

After taking care of Cornell, the Bulldogs traveled to Geneva, where they dominated Hobart, 9-0. Eight of the nine matches were three-game sweeps.

Nick Chirls rested after his tiring match against Cornell, so Moshe Sarfaty stepped up to play at No. 1, easily dispatching Prateek Patni 3-0 (9-4, 9-3, 9-2). Max Samuel held strong at No. 2, beating Nick Pearson 3-1 (9-4, 8-10, 9-4, 9-0).

Most impressive for the Elis against Hobart was the play of No. 7 Bill Hatch. Hatch defeated Andrew McDonough in three games, without surrendering a single point in the match.

Despite the impressive wins, the Elis will have their hands full on Tuesday, when they travel to Hartford to take on Trinity. The Bantams are undefeated this season, with a combined record of 89-1 in their 10 matches.

"On paper, Trinity is one of the strongest teams you're going to see," said Associate Head Coach Gareth Webber. He continued, however, that if the Bulldogs play well, they could contend with the national powerhouse.

"We're playing well, and we're really playing to our greatest potential right now," he said. "You've really got to play quality squash to contend with these guys."

Results:
v. Cornell (Ithaca, NY) - W, 9-0
No. 1 Nick Chirls (Y) def. Chris Sachvie (C), 3-2 (5-9, 9-5, 1-9, 10-8, 10-8)
No. 2 Max Samuel (Y) def. Steven Peever (C), 3-1 (3-9, 9-2, 9-2, 9-5)
No. 3 Moshe Sarfaty (Y) def. Rohit Gupta (C), 3-1 (9-6, 5-9, 10-9, 9-6)
No. 4 Aaron Fuchs (Y) def. Mike Gelinas (C), 3-0 (9-2, 10-8, 9-0)
No. 5 Francis Johnson (Y) def. Andrew McReynolds (C), 3-0 (9-3, 9-2, 9-0)
No. 6 Todd Ruth (Y) def. Ted Hill (C), 3-0 (9-1, 9-5, 9-0)
No. 7 Ho Ming Chiu (Y) def. Chris Vernick (C), 3-0 (9-2, 9-4, 9-7)
No. 8 Colin Campbell (Y) def. Omar Mangalii (C), 3-1 (9-0, 5-9, 9-7, 9-2)
No. 9 Bill Hatch (Y) def. Alex Wolff (C), 3-0 (9-2, 9-4, 9-1)

v. Hobart (Geneva, NY) - W, 9-0
No. 1 Moshe Sarfaty (Y) def. Prateek Patni (H), 3-0 (9-4, 9-3, 9-2)
No. 2 Max Samuel (Y) def. Nick Pearson (H), 3-1 (9-4, 8-10, 9-4, 9-0)
No. 3 Aaron Fuchs (Y) def. Peter Hansen (H), 3-0 (9-3, 9-0, 9-4)
No. 4 Francis Johnson (Y) def. Brian Shiver (H), 3-0 (9-1, 9-3, 9-5)
No. 5 Todd Ruth (Y) def. John Keating (H), 3-0 (9-3, 9-2, 9-2)
No. 6 Colin Campbell (Y) def. Ned Lanphier (H), 3-0 (9-0, 9-2, 9-6)
No. 7 Bill Hatch (Y) def. Andrew McDonough (H), 3-0 (9-0, 9-0, 9-0)
No. 8 Ethan Oetter (Y) def. Craig Chircop (H), 3-0 (9-0, 9-1, 9-0)
No. 9 Russell Feldman (Y) def. Kenny O' Connor (H), 3-0 (9-0, 9-2, 9-0)

Report filed by David Sherfinski '08, Yale Sports Publicity

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