Philadelphia, Pa. - The No. 4 Trinity College men's squash team defeated the top-ranked Penn Quakers, 6-3, on Saturday afternoon at the Specter and Kline Squash Center in Philadelphia. The Bantams improve to 10-1 on the year and return to action tomorrow for a 4 p.m. match at home versus Williams College. Penn falls for the first time this season, dropping to 8-1 overall.
The Bantams went ahead, 2-1, after the first wave thanks to a pair of gutsy, 3-2 victories by senior Nku Patrick (San Fernando, Trinidad) and junior Thoboki Mohohlo (Johannesburg, South Africa). Patrick won at No. 9 after falling behind, 2-1. The senior rallied back with 11-4 and 11-7 wins to take the match. Mohohlo took a 2-1 lead after the first three games before dropping a 14-12 fourth game. Mohohlo held tough though, and came back to win the deciding game, 11-9. Penn took the No. 6 match in straight sets.
First-year William Curtis (Joondalup, Australia) swept his opponent in the No. 8 match while classmate Aly Tolba (Alexandria, Egypt) also won, at No. 5, in the second wave. Aly Abou Aleinen swept at No. 2 however, to hold off on an early Trinity clincher as the overall match was not decided until the final wave.
The Bantams prevailed as junior Andrew Lee (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) made quick work of his opponent with a 3-0 win at the No. 7 spot in the lineup to help clinch the match with Trinity's fifth win. Sophomore Ziad Sakr (Tanta, Egypt) capped off the Bantam scoring with a 3-0 win of his own in the No. 4 match.
1. P - Andrew Douglas d. Kush Kumar, 11-9, 8-11, 14-12, 11-9
2. P - Aly Abou Aleinen d. Tom De Mulder, 11-2, 11-4, 11-2
3. T - Thoboki Mohohlo d. David Yacobucci, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8, 12-14, 11-9
4. T - Ziad Sakr d. James Flynn, 11-9, 11-8, 13-11
5. T - Aly Tolba d. Michael Mehl, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8, 11-9
6. P - Karim Hussein d. Aryaman Adik, 11-5, 11-6, 12-10
7. T - Andrew Lee d. Yash Bhargava, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9
8. T - Will Curtis d. Wil Hagen, 11-3, 12-10, 12-10
9. T - Nku Patrick d. Jonathan Zeitels, 10-12, 11-0, 14-16, 11-4, 11-7
Trinity (Conn.) 6, Penn 3