Men’s Squash Downed in NESCAC Semifinals

PK Keller earned the lone Middlebury point in the semifinal match.
PK Keller earned the lone Middlebury point in the semifinal match.

The fifth-seeded Middlebury men's squash team (7-9) upset fourth-seeded Amherst 6-3 in NESCAC Quarterfinal action on Saturday morning, before falling to top-seeded Trinity 8-1 in a semifinal match. Middlebury will look to place third for the fifth-straight year when it plays in the third-place match on Sunday at noon against the loser of the Bates/Williams Semifinal match. The Bantams (14-1) will compete for their 14th-straight title at the same time against the winner of the other semifinal contest. 

In quarterfinal action, the Panthers cruised in the top of the ladder, earning six points across the top-seven spots. #4 Jack Kagan (7,5,8), #5 Nate Moll (8,4,5) and #7 Wiatt Hinton (8,6,5) each earned 3-0 victories. The top three position recorded 3-1 wins. In the top-spot, Nick Bermingham dropped his first game 11-4, but won three straight (7,5,8) to earn a point for the Panthers. #2 William Cembalest was victorious by scores of 14-12, 9-11, 11-4, 11-8, while #3 Jacob Ellen tallied a point with scores of 16-14, 4-11, 11-6, 11-2. The match against the Mammoths (8-8) was the sixth time the teams faced each other in the tournament, as the Panthers hold a 5-1 advantage in the tournament series.

In the match against Trinity, #6 PK Keller earned the lone point for Middlebury in a five-game thriller. He dropped the first game 11-4, but won two straight (1,8) to hold a 2-1 edge. His opponent pulled even with an 11-8 victory, but Keller held strong, edging his opponent 11-8 in the final game to come away with the 3-2 triumph.