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Trinity Men's Squash Edges Columbia On Last Match

Thoboki Mohohlo '20 won, 3-1, in the No. 4 spot
Thoboki Mohohlo '20 won, 3-1, in the No. 4 spot

Hartford, Conn. - Junior Andrew Lee (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) outlasted Krish Kapur, 13-11, in the fifth game of the deciding match to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 5-4 victory over the visiting Columbia University Lions in men's squash action this afternoon at Kellner Center.  Lee and Kapur were tied 2-2 with the team knotted at 4-all, before Lee gave the Bantams their 35th victory in a row, their 43rd win in a row at home, and their ninth triumph over the Lions in as many all-time matches.  Trinity, ranked No. 1 in the nation, improves to 6-0, while the No. 3-ranked Lions are now 3-1.  Both teams were making their 2019 debut after layoffs of 31 days and 37 days, respectively. The Bantams visit No. 5-ranked Rochester next Tuesday, January 15 at 6 p.m. in their next match, while Columbia plays at No. 6-ranked Dartmouth on Saturday, January 12 at noon. 

Trinity led, 2-1, after the first wave thanks to 3-1 victories by senior Nku Patrick (San Fernando, Trinidad) and junior Thoboki Mohohlo (Johannesburg, South Africa).  Columbia rallied to take two points in the second wave and tie the score at 3-3.  Robin Mann and Rahul Sehreawat won for the Lions, while senior tri-captain Tom De Mulder (Gent, Belgium) took care of Columbia's James Wyatt, 3-0, in the No. 2 match.  With both Lee and Trinity sophomore Ziad Sakr (Tanta, Egypt) trailig, 2-0, at No. 7 and No. 4, respectively, Bantam junior Kush Kumar (Dhampur, India) fought off Lion sophomore Velavan Senthilkumar (Salem, India), 11-8, 11-9, 11-9, to give the home team a 4-3 lead.  Sakr won is third game, 11-5, but lost to Columbia senior Carter Robitaille (Toronto, Ontario), 11-9, in the fourth game, and the teams were tied again, 4-4.  Lee took games three and four over Lion sophomore Krish Kapur (Kolkata, India), 11-5, and, 11-2, to tie the deciding match at 2-all, but Kapur had a match ball with a 10-9 lead, and the players were knotted up at 6-6, 7-7, 8-8, 9-9, 10-10, and, 11-11, before Lee scored twice in a row for the victory.

"It is so nice to have a guy like Andrew Lee as the last man up," said Trinity Head Coach Paul Assaiante.  "He has been there before, especially last year at Nationals.  We can't teach experience, and our freshmen and sophomores were who lost today.  We have a steep curve ahead and there is mauch hard work ahead if we want to stay competitive."

1. TC- Kush Kumar d. V. Senthilkumar, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9
2. TC- Tom De Mulder d. James Wyatt, 11-5, 11-7, 11-4
3. TC- Thoboki Mohoholo d. Callan Hall, 14-12, 11-9, 7-11, 11-4
4. C- C. Robitaille d. Ziad Sakr, 11-3, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9
5. C- Robin S. Mann d. Aly Tolba, 11-6, 9-11, 11-4, 11-5
6. C- Adham Madi d. Aryaman Adik, 11-7,11-5, 12-10
7. TC- Andrew Lee d. Krish Kapur, 10-12, 9-11, 11-5, 11-2, 13-11
8. C- Rahul Sehreawat d. Will Curtis, 11-9, 11-7, 11-6 
9. TC- Nku Patrick d. Arman Jindal, 11-3, 9-11, 11-1, 11-2
Trinity (Conn.) 5, Columbia 4