Though the No. 5 Harvard men’s squash team (3-2, 2-1 Ivy) entered its weekend contests on a three-game undefeated streak, the Crimson suffered its first two losses of the season on the road against sixth-ranked Cornell (3-1, 2-1) and third-ranked Rochester (5-0, 3-0 Liberty League).
“Losing to Cornell was a really bad loss for us,” captain Reed Endresen said. “I think we are a much better team than them. It’s a tough one to swallow, but we rebounded [against Rochester].”
ROCHESTER 9, HARVARD 0
Just over 24 hours after a loss against the Big Red, Harvard attempted to rebound against its second opponent of the weekend, the Yellowjackets.
Unfortunately for the Crimson, Rochester remains undefeated on the season after handing Harvard its second loss, 9-0.
“[Yesterday’s] match was a very tough match,” Harvard coach Mike Way said. “I feel the score line does not do credit to how well the team played.”
“They fought much more than [on Saturday], so I was very proud of every last one of them,” he continued. “There were some very tight matches that went right down to the wire.”
Sophomore Zeke Scherl nearly defeated the Yellowjackets’ Juan Pablo Gaviria after battling for five games.
“He fought like a tiger,” Way said. “He had match ball in the fourth game to win the match, and it didn’t come to pass.”
Another outstanding performance for the Crimson came from freshman Nigel Koh, who also took his opponent, Rochester senior Will Newnham, to a fifth game in an exciting match.
“Nigel was up against a very difficult opponent,” Way said. “He had to maintain his calm, and I think he did a fantastic job.”
Although the Yellowjackets won all nine matchups, Harvard won 10 games against Rochester, with six matchups going to at least four games.
“I was very proud of the team,” Way said. “They gave it all they had, and I thought it was a terrific bounce back, even though the score was 9-0.”
“Rochester is a pretty talented team,” captain Reed Endresen continued. “We played them with a lot of heart, a lot of passion.”
CORNELL 7, HARVARD 2
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