#16 Virginia Slips By Men’s Squash

William Cembalest got by his opponent in four games on Saturday in the top spot.
William Cembalest got by his opponent in four games on Saturday in the top spot.

The Middlebury men's squash team was edged by #16 Virginia on Saturday by a 5-4 score in a match played inside Harvard's Murr Center. The 21st-ranked Panthers (5-7) have nearly two weeks off before returning to the court on Friday, February 9 when they play at #14 Navy beginning at 5:00 p.m.

In Saturday's match, the Cavaliers (8-6) jumped out to a 2-1 lead with victories at #3 and #9 sandwiched around a four-game victory from Middlebury's John Epley at #6 over Killian Burbrosky (9-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-8).

Jacob Ellen drew the Panthers to even at 2-2 with an 11-2, 11-2, 11-4 win over Toby Hansford in the second spot. A four-game victory at #5 gave Virginia a 3-2 advantage in the back-and-forth match, but Thomas Wolpow leveled the match at 3-3 via a five game win in the eighth spot over David Brenman (9-11, 13-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9).

The Cavaliers once again took the lead with a three-game win at #7, but William Cembalest made it 4-4 with an 11-7, 12-14, 11-7, 11-4 victory against Mason Blake in the top spot.

In the last match remaining on the courts, Virginia earned the narrow team win thanks to a four-game decision at #4.