January 31, 2004

No. 2 Yale Defeats Princeton 6-3

Jan. 31, 2004

The men's squash team upended Princeton to continue its quest for an Ivy League title. The Bulldogs defeated the Tigers 6-3 despite a loss at the hotly-contested No. 1 position.

Last season, the Elis fell 5-4 to Princeton at Yale's Brady Squash Center, with the most exciting match of the season coming in the form of a 5-game thriller between Yale's No. 1 Julian Illingworth and Princeton's top player Yasser El-Halaby, who triumphed in the comeback win.

This year, El-Halaby, who is college squash's No. 1 player, again defeated Illingworth, the number two player in the country, by the score of 10-8, 9-6, 9-5.

Four of the six Bulldogs who won their matches did so by 3-0 scores. Josh Schwartz trounced Vincent Yu in the No. 2 slot, while Anshul Manchanda swept Michael Gilman at No. 3 and Andrew Vinci and Ryan Byrnes also needed only three games to defeat their Tiger opponents.

Gavin Cumberbatch and Nick Chirls represented Yale's other two wins, with Cumberbatch besting Nathan Beck 3-1 and Chirls defeating Dent Wilkens 3-1.

William Rees and AJ McCrery both dropped hard-fought 3-2 games to Princeton.

The 6-3 win puts the Elis on a path to the Ivy League title. Yale needs only to defeat Harvard to gain the win, since the Bulldogs should easily win against other Ancient Eight schools.

report by Katie Baker '05, Yale Sports Publicity Office

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