Men’s Squash is Still Servin’ Heat

By ANN MARTIN SKELLY

The 18th-ranked Middlebury men’s squash team entered this past weekend with a strong five-match winning streak against several top-tier teams before playing against Hamilton and Brown. The Panthers took advantage of this momentum on Thursday at home and claimed a 9-0 victory over Hamilton. John Epley clinched the sweep in a swift three-game win. The team then traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Saturday to compete against No. 15 Brown University. 

Middlebury started the day off strong, going up 4-1 against the Bears, and saw victories from  Jacob Ellen ’20, Nick Bermingham ’20,  John Epley ’20 and Wiatt Hinton ’21. After Brown claimed three more points, rounding the score to 4-4, junior Jack Kagan clinched the match at number four with a five-game comeback after being down 0-2. Returning from studying abroad in the fall, Kagan has secured himself an impressive 6-1 record this winter.

The squad will travel to No. 25 Dickinson College on Friday, and then to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to play No. 14 UVA on Saturday. On Sunday, the Panthers will play No. 17 Franklin and Marshall. Coach Lewis states that the key to the team’s success against these three highly competitive schools is “keeping everyone healthy, motivated and continuing to work on their games. Any opportunity to compete against a school that is close in ranking to us we see as an opportunity to put into play all of the hard work we have already put in.”

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