The Hamilton College Continentals dropped an 8-1 decision against the Middlebury College Panthers at Hamilton's Little Squash Center on Saturday afternoon.
The match was the season opener for both teams. The Continentals are 30th in the College Squash Team Rankings and Middlebury is 19th. William Jordan '20 was Hamilton's lone winner at the ninth position. Jordan allowed just five points in the first two games before he clinched the victory by edging Finlay McInerney 12-10 in the third game.
Hamilton isn't scheduled to play at home again until Feb. 1 when the Continentals take on Colby and Hobart College. Hamilton also hosts Vassar College and Colgate University on Feb. 2. The Continentals have seven matches with NESCAC teams on their schedule and they play in the conference championship at Bowdoin from Feb. 14 to Feb. 16. The College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championships will be held at Harvard University from Feb. 28 to March 1 and the CSA National Individual Championships are at the University of Pennsylvania the following weekend. Hamilton travels to southern Pennsylvania during Winter Break in January when the Continentals will play at Dickinson College and at Franklin & Marshall College.
Callum Sondhi '20 leads the list of 10 returners on the roster. Sondhi was selected for the 2019 NESCAC Men's Squash All-Conference Team and represented Hamilton at the CSA National Individual Championships. He finished with a record of 8-7 and has 28 victories in his collegiate career. He won all three of his first position matches at the 2019 CSA National Team Championships. The Continentals defeated Georgetown University in their opening match at the national team championships before falling to Fordham University (6-3) and the University of California, Berkeley (5-4) in exciting, competitive contests.
Rufus Somerby '22 also won eight matches and Tristan Chaix '20 boasted seven wins. Chaix is right behind Sondhi with 27 career victories. Oliver Constable '22 posted a solid first year with six triumphs and Will Nocito '22 and Jarrod Gerstein '20 were regulars in the lineup. Jordan and Nicholas Conzelman '20 are back after missing the entire 2018-19 season. Both players saw significant action two seasons ago, and Conzelman has won 15 matches at Hamilton.
The Continentals play Bowdoin at Wesleyan on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 6:30 p.m.
No. 19 Middlebury, No. 30 Hamilton
Hamilton's Little Squash Center (Clinton, N.Y.)
November 16, 2019
1. Will Cembalest (M) d. Tate Suratt 3-1 (8-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-6).
2. Nick Bermingham (M) d. Callum Sondhi 3-0 (11-3, 11-4, 11-8).
3. Jacob Ellen (M) d. Rufus Somerby 3-0 (11-2, 11-2, 11-1).
4. Jack Kagan (M) d. Aaron Hadar 3-0 (11-3, 11-9, 11-0).
5. Nate Moll (M) d. Nicholas Conzelman 3-0 (11-2, 11-6, 11-5).
6. PK Keller (M) d. Tristan Chaix 3-0 (12-10, 11-9, 11-5).
7. Thomas Wolpow (M) d. Tripp Peters 3-0 (11-4, 11-7, 11-9).
8. Alex Merrill (M) d. Oliver Constable 3-0 (12-10, 11-6, 11-9).
9. William Jordan (H) d. Finlay McInerney 3-0 (11-2, 11-3, 12-10).
Ex. Alex Stimpson (M) d. Jarrod Gerstein 3-0 (11-9, 13-11, 13-11).
Records: Middlebury 1-0; Hamilton 0-1.