New Haven, Conn. - Senior co-captain Baset Chaudhry (Lahore, Pakistan) won the decisive match, 3-0, at the No. 1 position to lead the visiting Trinity College Bantams to a 6-3 victory over the Yale University Bulldogs in the final of the College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championships (Potter Trophy) this afternoon at Yale University's Brady Courts. Top-ranked and top-seeded Trinity wins its twelfth consecutive national intercollegate championship title, finishes 2009-10 with a 22-0 record and extends the longest winning streak in the history of intercollegiate varsity sports to 224 matches. The Bantams downed Western Ontarion, 8-1, on Friday, and Princeton, 7-2, yesterday to reach today's final. No. 2-ranked and No. 2-seeded Yale finishes the year at 17-2 with both losses coming at home against the Bantams.
Chaudhry made quick work of Yale freshman No. 1 Kenneth Chan (Singapore), winning, 11-6, 11-6, 11-4 to earn the fifth point Trinity needed to clinch the title. The victory came moments after Bulldog sophomore John Roberts (Belfast, Ireland) had beaten Trinity junior Randy Lim (Penang, Malaysia) at the No. 5 spot to pull the hosts to within two points at 4-2. The loss was the first for Lim in 12 matches this season.
Trinity held a 2-1 lead after the first round of matches, as senior co-captain Supreet Singh (Mumbai, India) and Antonio Salas (Mexico City, Mexico) earned 3-0 triumphs at No. 3 and No. 6, respectively. Yale junior Chris Plimpton (Greenwich, Conn.) outlasted Bantam rookie Reinhold Hergeth (Bloemfontein, South Africa), 3-2, to account for Yale's early point. Junior Parth Sharma (Jaipur, India) won, 3-1, at No. 2 and classmate Andres Vargas (Bogota, Colombia) won, 3-0, at No. 8 for the Bantams to push the score to 4-1. After the matche was decided, Trinity junior Chris Binnie (Kingston, Jamaica) pulled out a 3-2 win in the No. 7 match, while Yale freshman Hywel Robinson (Bridgend, Wales) won, 3-1, at No. 4 to make the final score, 6-3, in Trinity's favor. Chaudhry, also the two-time defending CSA National Singles Champion, Sharma, and Vargas were 3-0 in the Tournament and finish team competition with a 46-0 record among them. The season wil conclude with the CSA Singles Championship Tournament two weekends from now at Trinity.
INDIVIDUAL MATCH RESULTS
1. TC- Baset Chaudhry d. Kenneth Chan, 11-6, 11-6, 11-4
2. TC- Parth Sharma d. Todd Ruth, 11-9, 11-5, 11-7
3. TC- Supreet Singh d. Aaron Fuchs, 11-9, 11-5, 11-9
4. Y- Hywel Robinson d. Vikram Malhotra, 2-11, 11-5 , 11-7, 11-7
5. Y- John Roberts d. Randy Lim, 5-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-9
6. TC- Antonio Salas d. Naishadh Lalwani, 11-8, 11-6, 11-4
7. TC- Chris Binnie d. Richard Dodd, 12-14, 11-9, 11-8, 11-13, 11-9
8. TC- Andres Vargas d. Robert Berner, 11-4, 11-7, 11-7
9. Y- Chris Plimpton d. Reinhold Hergeth, 11-5, 11-2, 10-12, 7-22, 2-8
Trinity (Conn.) 6, Yale 3