Quartet of Panther Men Play in CSA Individual Championships

Wyatt French posted a 1-1 record last weekend during the CSA Individual Championships.
Wyatt French posted a 1-1 record last weekend during the CSA Individual Championships.

Middlebury men's squash players Wyatt French, William Cembalest, Jacob Ellen and Jack Kagan each participated in the College Squash Association (CSA) Individual Championships held inside Dartmouth's Berry Squash Courts. French (1-1) and Kagan (1-2) both posted wins in their respective brackets, while Cembalest and Ellen each lost twice during the three-day event.

French squared off with Williams' John Fitzgerald in his first match of the Molloy Cup West bracket, edging the Eph in three games (11-6, 11-8, 14-12). During his semifinal, French fell to Belal Nawar of St. Lawrence in three tightly-contested games (11-9, 11-7, 11-7).

In his first match in the Molloy Cup East bracket, Kagan lost to Affeeq Ismail of Trinity in three games by scores of 11-3, 11-6 and 11-7. Moving to the consolation draw, Kagan lost the first game of his quarterfinal match before rallying for a four-game victory over Wesleyan's David Sneed (9-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-7). Kagan had his season conclude with a four-game setback in the semifinals to Senen Ubina of Navy (8-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-5).

Squaring off with Navy's Jack Herold in the round of 16, Cembalest fell in three games (11-5, 11-5, 11-3) during his Molloy North contest. Cembalest ended his year with a three-game setback to Harvard's Alexi Gosset by scores of 12-10, 11-3 and 11-4.

Matched up with Rochester's Matthew Toth in the round of 16, Ellen was defeated in three games (11-0, 11-8, 11-4). In the consolation draw, the first-year Panther fell to Matt Lillie of Connecticut College in four close games (9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-9).