Hartford, Conn. – Sophomore Mario Yanez Tapia (Aguascalientes, Mexico) came back from a 2-1 deficit to win the deciding match, 3-2, leading the University of Rochester Yellowjackets to a 5-4 victory over the visiting Trinity College Bantams in men’s squash action this afternoon at Lyman Center. Trinity, ranked No. 1 nationally, falls to 11-1 with its first loss to an NCAA Division III opponent since a 7-2 setback at Amherst in 1995-96. No. 5-ranked Rochester improves to 7-3 with its second win in a row.
Trinity trailed, 2-1, after the first wave, receiving a 3-0 win by first-year Omar Allaudin (Lahore, Pakistan) at the No. 9 spot but losing points in the No. 3 and No. 6 matches. Bantam junior Juan Vargas (Bogota, Colombia) was forced to retire down, 1-0, with an injury in the No. slot. The Yellowjackets went ahead, 3-1, on a 3-0 win by Ryosei Kobayashi (Yokohama, Japan) in the No. 2 position, but the Bantams answered with three consecutive wins by rookie Rick Penders (Maastricht, England), 3-0, at No. 5, sophomore Affeeq Ismail (Kuching, Malaysia), 3-1, at No. 8, and freshman James Evans (Maidstone, England), 3-0, at No. 7 to take a 4-3 lead with two matches remaining.
Rochester freshman Tomataka Endo (Kawasaki, Japan) secured an extremely close triumph over Bantam senior co-captain Karan Malik (Bangalore, India) at No. 4, winning 17-15, in the opening game, 11-8, in the second game, and 11-9, in the fourth game to tie the match score at 4-4. Tapia won the clincher, 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-3, 11-4 over Trinity senior Vrishab Kotian (Mumbai, India) who succumbing to an injury late in the second game, but came back to win the third.