Panthers Victorious in NESCAC Third-Place Match Over Williams

William Kurth picked up the first win for the Panthers during Sunday's match.
William Kurth picked up the first win for the Panthers during Sunday's match.

The Middlebury men's squash team, seeded fourth and ranked 18th, finished in third place overall with a narrow 5-4 victory over third-seeded and 17th-ranked Williams in the 2017 NESCAC Tournament hosted by Amherst. With the win, the Panthers improve to 10-8 and return to action at the CSA Team Championships at Harvard from February 17-19.

Middlebury's five victories all came from the bottom of the ladder. Following a win at #4 for the Ephs, a three-game victory from William Kurth in the eighth spot (11-5, 11-6, 11-8) along with four-game triumphs by Nick Bermingham at #9 (11-9, 7-11, 11-9, 11-8) and Ben Krant in the sixth place of the lineup (11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 11-5) gave the Panthers a 3-1 lead.

The Ephs pulled to within one following a victory at #2. Middlebury responded with a three-game win from Robert Rohrbach at #7 (11-4, 11-6, 11-8) for a 4-2 advantage, while Jack Kagan clinched the team's fifth point via a three-game triumph in the fifth spot (11-6, 11-8, 12-10).

Williams completed the scoring with a five-game win in the #3 spot and a three-game victory at #1 for the final 5-4 score.