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Trinity Men's Squash Escapes Yale With Hard-Fought Win

Kush Kumar '20 won, 3-2, at the top of the ladder
Kush Kumar '20 won, 3-2, at the top of the ladder

New Haven, Conn. - First-year Aryaman Adik (Mumbai, India) toughed out a 3-1 win in the No. 7 match to earn the fifth point in the team scoring and clinch a 6-3 win for the visiting Trinity College Bantams against the Yale University Bulldogs in men's squash action this evening at Brady Courts.  Top-ranked Trinity, the defending College Squash Association (CSA) National Champions, wins for the 18th time in a row and improves to 9-0, while No. 9-ranked Yale drops to 5-5 with its fifth consecutive setback.  The Bantams will visit No. 4-ranked St. Lawrence on Saturday at 1 p.m. in its next match.

Trinity went ahead, 1-0, on a quick 3-0 win by senior tri-captain Omar Allaudin (Lahore, Pakistan) at the No. 6 position, but junior Jay Losty (Philadelphia, Pa.) won for Yale, 3-1, at the bottom of the ladder over Bantam sophomore Yehia Essam (Cairo, Egypt) to tie it at 1-1.  Trinity first-year Ziad Sakr (Tanta, Egypt) won, 3-0, and senior tri-captain Rick Penders eked out a 3-2 triumph to put the Bantams ahead, 3-1, just over an hour into the match.  The score went to 4-2 thanks to a 3-0 win by Trinity sophomore Andrew Lee (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and a 3-1 win by Yale senior Arjun Kochhar (Mumbai, India), and both Adik and Bantam sophomore Thoboki Mohohlo (Johannesburg, South Africa) were embroiled in competitive matches with the team result on the line.

Adik and Yale rookie Tyler Carney (New Canaan, Conn.) were tied after two games, as each posted an 11-4 win early.  Adik pulled out the third game, 13-11, and the fourth, 12-10, to give Trinity its fifth point, although Yale freshman Harrison Gill (Darien, Conn.) came back from a 2-0 deficit to post a 3-2 win against Mohohlo in the No. 2 position on the ladder. Bantam sophomore Kush Kumar (Dhampur, India) closed the evening with more excitement, outdueling Yale sophomore Spencer Lovejoy (Branford, Conn.), ranked No. 21 in the nation, at the top of the ladder with a five-set victory that included a 14-12 win in the fifth game.

Hartford Courant Coverage

Trinity v. Yale
1. TC- Kush Kumar d. Spencer Lovejoy, 11-9, 8-11, 11-6, 7-11, 14-12
2. Y- Harrison Gill d. Thoboki Mohohlo, 8-11, 2-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-8
3. TC- Rick Penders d. Max Martin, 9-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8
4. Y- Arjun Kochhar d. Michael Craig, 16-14, 4-11, 11-8, 11-1
5. TC- Ziad Sakr d. Pierson Broadwater, 11-7, 11-4, 11-3
6. TC- Omar Allaudin d. Thomas Kingshott, 11-6, 11-8, 11-2
7. TC- Aryaman Adik d. Tyler Carney, 4-11, 11-4, 13-11, 12-10
8. TC-  Andrew Lee d. Yohan Pandole, 11-6, 11-5, 11-3
9. Y- Jay Losty d. Yehia Essam, 3-11, 11-9, 11-4, 12-10
Trinity (Conn.) 6, Yale 3