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Men's Squash's West to Play for National Title Sunday

Pictured: Colin West boasts a 15-1 record this year.
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot Photography


HARTFORD, Conn. -- Senior co-captain Colin West of the Harvard men's squash team will play for the College Squash Association national individual championship Sunday. West, who owns a 15-1 record, will face Princeton's Todd Harrity in a match at the Kellner Squash Center Sunday at 1 p.m. 

Harvard has won the Pool Trophy 32 times, presented to the winner of the "A" Division of the CSA Individual Championships.  West will attempt to become the first Crimson recipient since Siddharth Suchde took home the award in 2007.

West qualified for the final after cruising to a 3-0 win against Rochester's Benjamin Fischer, 11-7, 11-6, 11-4.  Earlier in the day, West made quick work of Trinity's Vikram Malholtra to earn a spot in the semifinals.  West swept three straight games against Maholtra, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7. 

In the consolation bracket, Richard Hill fell to Hywel Robinson of Yale in a closely contested match, 11-8, 11-10, 11-9.

In the "B" Division, Jason Michas advanced to the quarterfinals, downing Yale's Lalwani Naishadh in five games (12-10, 11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 7-11).  Michas then played his way to the semifinal of the Molloy Cup, as he outscored Princeton's Peter Sopher in four games, 11-9, 8-11, 11-4, 11-8. 

Classmate Zeke Scherl missed out on a chance to play in quarterfinal round, as he fell Oscar Lopez after winning the first two sets (8-11, 8-11, 13-11, 11-6, 11-9). In the third round consolation bracket, Scherl earned a spot in the semifinals, as he won a five-game match against Rochester's Matt Domenick, 8-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-4.