ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 

Back-and-Forth Match Goes No. 4 Harvard's Way at No. 7 Cornell

Zeke Scherl gave Harvard one of its five wins at No. 7 Cornell Sunday afternoon (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

ITHACA, N.Y. – The No. 4 Harvard men's squash team slipped past No. 7 Cornell Sunday in Ithaca, N.Y. with a 5-4 win over the Big Red. Harvard pushed its winning streak to three with the win and won its 13th match of the year, marking the first time since 2000 the squad has reached a baker's dozen.

Tyler Olson and Zeke Scherl were the first Crimson to register victories at No. 5 and No. 8, respectively.  Olson was down 2-1 to start the match, but battled back to earn 11-4 and 11-6 victories in the last two games. Scherl won in convincing fashion, 3-0, over Bryan Keating.

Ali Farag, Gary Power and Julian Kirby also picked up wins for Harvard. Farag moved to 6-0 on the season at No. 1, while Power took down William Hartigan at No. 4 and Kirby beat Ryan Todd at No. 7.  Farag played three challenging games against Nicholas Sachvie and snuck by Cornell's top player 11-9, 11-8, 11-8.

Harvard won its 41st match against the Big Red in the all-time series against two losses dating back to 1957.

The Crimson finish Ivy League play next weekend against No. 16 Brown Feb. 10 at the Murr Center and at No. 1 Yale Feb. 12.

Results
No. 1 Ali Farag (H) def. Nicholas Sachvie (C), 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 11-8
No. 2 Thomas Spettigue (C) def. Brandon McLaughlin (H), 3-1: 11-8, 13-11, 4-11, 12-10
No. 3 Aditiya Jagtap (C) def. Nicholas Hopcroft (H), 3-0: 11-9, 12-10, 11-8
No. 4 Gary Power (H) def. William Hartigan (C), 3-1: 13-11, 6-11, 11-4, 11-6
No. 5 Tyler Olson (H) def. Arjun Gupta (C), 3-2: 8-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 12-10
No. 6 Owen Butler (C) def. Nigel Koh (H), 3-2: 11-5, 11-9, 8-11, 3-11, 11-3
No. 7 Julian Kirby (H) def. Ryan Todd (C), 3-1: 12-10, 7-11, 11-5, 14-12
No. 8 Zeke Scherl (H) def. Bryan Keating (C), 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-6
No. 9 Rishi Jalan (C) def. Jason Michas (H), 3-1: 11-9, 12-10, 1-11, 11-8
No. 10 Thomas Mullaney (H) def. Stephen Stinson (C), 3-0: 11-5, 12-10, 11-2