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Williams Goes 1-1 at Men's Little Three Squash
February 7, 1998

Amherst, MA -- The Williams College men's squash team (12-6) defeated Little Three rival Wesleyan 9-0, but was unable to win the title, losing to Amherst 8-1.

The Williams team took the court against Wesleyan right after the Cardinals had lost to Amherst, 9-0. The Ephs played strong, as Wesleyan failed to win a game in the top nine. Williams took all of the exhibition matches as well.

With Williams and Amherst both defeating Wesleyan, the Little Three championship was on the line when the match started. Amherst came out strong winning all four on the first round matches. The Ephs knew they would have to come up with something special if they were to win the Little Three title.

The level of play improved for the Ephs as the odd numbered players stepped on to the court. Junior Barrett Eynon went up 14-10 in the first game, but was unable to finish the game. Co-captain Whitten Morris, playing at the number one spot, looked strong in his first game as well. However, the Amherst players rose to meet the challenge. Sophomore David McNeely, former Junior National Champion, stayed a couple of points better than Morris in each of the three games of their match. Senior captain Evan Kahn raised the level of his play against Eynon, and took the next two games. Amherst also scored victories at the number five and seven spots.

The lone Williams win came from co-captain David Rubin. Rubin dropped the first game in overtime, but stormed back to take the second game 15-3. He was unable to keep the momentum, though, and dropped the next game, 15-12. Determined not to lose his last match against Amherst, Rubin took a quick lead in the fourth game. His Amherst opponent never recovered, and Rubin won the fourth game 15-6. By this time, all of the other matches in the top nine had finished. With Rubin dominating the games he won, and his Amherst opponent sticking tough in the other two games, it was unclear what the fifth game would bring. Chris Heron, playing number nine for Amherst, jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead, and it appeared as if Heron was going to runaway with the game. Rubin, however, refused to exit quietly and fought back to 6-9. Even though Heron still led, Rubin was starting to find his range. Rubin won seven out of the final eight points to take the match.

The Ephs swept the exhibition matches. Most of the players won easily. However, senior Whit Growdon wanted to make his match a bit special. Growdon dropped he first two games, and appeared to be on the way to losing his final match against Amherst. Just like Rubin, Growdon refused to make a quiet exit. This match was the absolute last match on court. Symbolic of the demeanor of the squad, the entire Williams squad and parents gathered around the small viewing area to give their support to their teammate. The presence of the Williams team gave Growdon the appearance of playing at home, as the crowd would erupt in cheer. This presence inspired Growdon to pick up his play, and he won the next three games. Even though the Ephs suffered a tough loss, it was a great day for two of their seniors.

The Ephs travel to Providence on Tuesday for their final regular season match against Brown. With a win on Tuesday the Ephs will return to the top flight at the NISRA team championships at Princeton on February 20, 21, and 22.