By Ben Shapiro
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — Freshman Sean Choi was the bright spot for the Wesleyan University men's squash team on Wednesday night, earning the Cardinals' only point in an 8-1 loss to No. 18 Bates College. The Bobcats move to 6-2 with the victory, while Wesleyan drops to 3-6 on the season.
Choi showed impressive poise throughout his match at No. 1 with Mahmoud Yousry, winning a tight first game and then taking control for a 13-11, 11-8, 11-6 final score. Choi is on a four-match win streak and hasn't dropped a match since early December.
At No. 2, junior Yahya Ladiwala competed well in a four-game loss, going down 11-4, 9-11, 11-1, 11-7. Fellow junior Josh Lane was the only other Cardinal to win a game, taking the opener at No. 4 before falling in four games 7-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-8.
Lower in the lineup, Scott Ji made his career debut at #9, though the sophomore will have to wait for his first victory, as he fell in three games, 11-6, 11-4, 11-0.
- This weekend, the 30th-ranked Cardinals will be busy with five matches over three days. On Friday, they will travel to Amherst, Mass. to face No. 31 Haverford at 12:00 p.m. and No. 17 Dickinson at 5:30 p.m. before returning to Middletown for a matchup with No. 27 Bowdoin on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. On Sunday, Wesleyan will play at Amherst again for two more matches against familiar opponents, taking on No. 32 Stanford at 10:00 a.m. and No. 29 Connecticut College at 2:00 p.m. The Cardinals beat Stanford 7-2 just a few weeks ago in Palo Alto, Calif., and fell to Conn. College 6-3 on December 8th.