No. 22 GW Men's Squash Upsets No. 19 Bowdoin at Yale Round Robin
Colonials Use Pair of Five-Set Thrillers to Knock Off Polar Bears
Jan. 26, 2014
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 22 George Washington men's squash team used a pair of five-set victories to contribute to a 5-4 upset of No. 19 Bowdoin at the Yale Round Robin this weekend at the Brady Squash Courts.
GW (4-9) also played No. 17 Williams and No. 18 Middlebury at the event, falling to both by scores of 7-2 and 6-3, respectively.
The Colonials won the top five matches on the ladder, including a pair of five-set thrillers at Nos. 1 and 4, to upend Bowdoin on Saturday. Recording victories for GW were freshmen Nicolas Valderrama, Andres de Frutos and Josh Marks along with sophomores James Reiss and Reid Breck.
Valderrama and Breck each were pushed to five sets before prevailing with hard-fought victories. Valderrama and his opponent, Matthew Cooper, traded sets to a 2-2 deadlock before the Colonials' No. 1 player emerged victorious with a marathon 19-17 win in the fifth set. Breck fell behind 2-1 in his match at No. 4 with Andrew Ward before rallying for a 9-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-3, 11-4 win.
On Friday, the Colonials received victories from de Frutos and Breck in their 7-2 loss to Williams. De Frutos, playing at No. 1 on the ladder, swept Taylor Fuhl 11-6, 11-9, 11-9 while Breck was pushed to five sets before rallying 11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 8-11, 11-3 over Jamie Ruggiero at No. 4.
In Sunday's 6-3 loss to Middlebury, the Colonials' three victories came courtesy of Valderrama, Breck and Reiss. Valderrama was pushed to five sets for the second time in three days, earning an 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 11-7 win over Andrew Jung at No. 2. Breck won in four sets, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4 over Will Moore at No. 4 and Reiss swept his way to an 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 win over Andrew Cadreibred at No. 3.
GW returns to action on Saturday with a visit to Philadelphia to face No. 15 Drexel. Match time is scheduled for 2 p.m.