Men's Squash Wins Thriller at #20-Williams 5-4

Men's Squash Wins Thriller at #20-Williams 5-4

(Williamstown, Mass.) – The #22-ranked Dickinson men's squash team split a pair of matches on Saturday, falling to #12-ranked Cornell University, 7-2, but rebounding to post a thrilling, 5-4 win over host Williams College, ranked 20th in the latest national poll.

The Red Devils claimed two points in a hard fought match with Cornell as first-years Finn Trimble (Whangarei, New Zealand/Whangarei) and Frank Goosens (Schaarbeekstraat, Amsterdam/Vossius Gymnasium) claimed wins in the second and third flights.

Trimble outlasted Perry Hanson (11-8, 8-11, 11-2, 11-5) while Goosens held off a late challenge from Ian Rothweiler to win in straight sets, (11-7, 11-6, 13-11).

Hal Holappa (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) earned a point in the fifth flight, falling (11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 14-12). First-year Sergio Martin (Queretaro, Mexico/Redwood, Calif.) and sophomore Alex Wattles (Millbrook, N.Y./Millbrook) each fell in close matches (11-9, 13-11, 11-9).

The Red Devils survived a marathon match with Williams to come out on top, 5-4. Junior Abdelrahman Elsergany (Cairo, Egypt/Kent School, Conn.) came out on top of a five-set battle in the top flight (11-5, 9-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9). Elsergany was down 2-1, but fought back to force the fifth game. He made a remarkable comeback after being down, 8-5, winning the set, 11-9. 

The Red Devils captured the second and third flights as well with Trimble taking the second in straight sets. Goosens dropped the third set, but recovered to win in the number three spot.

Cory Litman (Lower Merion, Pa./Lower Merion) and Andrew Strudwick (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest Academy) added points in the number six and number nine flights to give Dickinson the win. Litman went (11-6, 7-11, 11-4, 11-6) while Strudwick outlasted Andrew Litvin (11-9,11-13,9-11,11-6,11-9).

Dickinson was up 4-0 and then tied 4-4, looking a 5-4 setback, but Elsergany rallied to give the Devils the win. 

The Red Devils improve to 2-3 on the season. They return to action on December 3, traveling to George Washington University for a 1:00 pm match.