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West Earns Victory, but No. 5 Men's Squash Drops CSA Quarterfinal Match to No. 4 Princeton

Pictured: Colin West stands at 9-1 at the No. 1 position this season.
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot Photography

Complete CSA Bracket

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- In the quarterfinal round of the College Squash Association national men's team championships, the fifth-ranked Harvard men's squash team fell to No. 4 Princeton, 8-1, Friday afternoon.  The Crimson drops to 5-5 overall, while the Tigers move to 10-3.

Co-captain Colin West earned Harvard's lone victory of the day, defeating Todd Harrity at the No. 1 spot.  West took the first two games, 11-9 and 11-4, before Harrity tied the matcfh with his own 11-9 and 11-4 victories.  In the fifth and decisive set, West handled Harrity, 11-4.  West improves his record at the top position to 9-1 this season.

At the No. 3 slot, Harvard's Zeke Scherl opening with an 11-9 win in the first game against Christopther Callis, but Callis claimed the next three games, 11-9, 11-3, 11-8.  The Crimson also grabbed early leads at slots 6, 8 and 9.  At the No. 6 position, Eliot Buchanan had a 1-0 lead after earning an 11-6 victory in game one against Jesus Pena.  Pena stormed back to edge Buchanan, 11-8 and 12-10, in games two and three before clinching the match with an 11-4 showing in game four. 

William Ahmed held off Clay Blackiston, 11-8, in the first set at the No. 8 slot, before Blackiston took the next three games, 11-8, 11-6, 11-7.  At the No. 9 position, Alexander Ma also grabbed an 11-8 win in game one, before falling to Philip Sopher, 11-7, 11-9, 11-5 in consecutive sets.

The Crimson, which moves to the consolation bracket, will face No. 8 Western Ontario Saturday at 6 p.m.

Complete Results
No. 4 Princeton 8, No. 5 Harvard 1

No. 1 Colin West (H) def. Todd Harrity (P) 3-2: 11-9, 11-4, 9-11, 4-11, 11-4
No. 2 David Letourneau (P) def. Richard Hill (H) 3-0: 11-4, 11-3, 11-5
No. 3 Christopher Callis (P) def. Zeke Scherl (H) 3-1: 9-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-8
No. 4 Kelly Shannon (P) def. J. Reed Endresen (H) 3-0: 13-11, 14-12, 11-1
No. 5 Santiago Imberton (P) def. Jason Michas (H) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-5
No. 6 Jesus Pena (P) def. Eliot Buchanan (H) 3-1: 6-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-4
No. 7 Peter Sopher (P) def. Franklin Cohen (H) 3-0: 12-10, 11-1, 11-3
No. 8 Clay Blackiston (P) def. William Ahmed (H) 3-1: 8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-7
No. 9 Philip Sopher (P) def. Alexander Ma (H) 3-1: 8-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-5