Bulldogs dish out second straight goose egg to Jeffs

The men’s squash team (7-2, 4-1 Ivy) blanked the Amherst Lord Jeffs (7-8) Saturday for their second straight 9-0 win.

The Bulldogs anticipated the result but were wary of complacency.

“Playing a lesser opponent, there is the possibility that we would not have enough intensity and might play at a lower level,” Joshua Schwartz ’05 said. “However, I thought everyone was focused and played hard.”

Against what was obviously a weaker team, the Bulldog lineup of No. 1 Anshul Manchanda ’04, No. 2 Schwartz, No. 3 Peter Grote ’02, No. 4 Ryan Byrnes ’04, No. 5 Christopher Olsen ’03, No. 6 Gavin Cumberbatch ’05, No. 7 Albert McCrery ’04, No. 8 Aftab Mathur ’03 and No. 9 Christopher Wyant ’05 overwhelmed their opponents, winning every match 3-0.

The Elis also used the match as a chance to build their confidence and prepare for tonight’s match with Harvard.

“Since Amherst is in the midst of a rebuilding cycle, we all had the chance to work on implementing match skills under confident circumstances,” Olsen said.

The team is definitely gearing up for its showdown with the Crimson, which it has not beaten since 1990.

“Everybody is pumped up to play Harvard,” said Grote, the team captain. “Fortunately our team is peaking right now. We match up really well against them, and every match should be a battle.”

Beating Harvard will not be an easy task, but Olsen is convinced that coach Dave Talbott has prepared them for the challenge.

“For Harvard we will all have to play at a high level under severe pressure,” he said. “I think this is the best opportunity [to beat Harvard that] we have had in my four years here, and our coach has poised the team for success.”

The Bulldogs are also calling on their fellow students to fill the Brady Squash Center and provide them with a raucous home-court advantage.

“We’re expecting a large, loud crowd,” Grote added. “Hopefully, they’ll see what a squash match is all about.”

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