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Squash has successful week against tough competition

The Drexel University men’s and women’s squash teams took on Haverford College, Bowdoin College and the University of Pennsylvania on November 20, 22 and 24, respectively.

The Drexel No.9 ranked men’s team swept the No. 29 Haverford Fords at home at the Kline & Specter Squash Center. The final score was 9-0.


Freshman Bransten Ming led the line up for the Dragons, playing his first collegiate competition in the first spot. He dominated his opponent, Nathan Vestrich-Shade, winning 11-4, 11-1 and 11-5.

Sophomore Atticus Kelly stepped up to the number two spot and had an impressive performance for Drexel. Fellow sophomore Noel Solomon also played well, earning his first win of the season in the fifth spot.

Ibrahim Bakir, Michael Thomspon, Nat Fry, Joey Gingold, Royston Raymond and Will Grady all continued the winning streak for the Dragons.

The Drexel men’s team also earned a victory against the No.22 ranked Bowdoin Polar Bears. The final score of the competition was 8-1.

Freshmen Omar El Atmas and Ming both earned wins against their opponents in three game sweeps in the number one and two spots, respectively.

Kelly, Bakir, Thompson, Luke Willemse and Noel Solomon all swept their opponents to earn wins for the Dragons.

Raymond earned a victory in four games from the number eight position.

Cilliane Dunne dropped the last match in the number nine spot for the Dragons in a close five game effort.

Finally, men’s team fell to the No.7 ranked Penn Quakers by a close count of 5-4.

El Atmas earned another victory for the Dragons, opening in the number one position. He is undefeated playing from the first spot.

Ming and Kelly also earned wins to keep undefeated individual records. Ming won in four matches after dropping the first, while Kelly swept his opponent Derek Hsue in three.

Thompson pulled out a win for the Dragons in a tough five-game battle against Penn’s James Watson.

Unfortunately, the Dragons could not push through to win the competition.

The No. 13 ranked women’s team defeated Haverford in sweeping fashion, winning 9-0. The women did not drop a single match and all swept their opponents in three games.

Sophomores Hayley Hughes and Ryan Morgan opened for the Dragons in the one and two spots.

Junior Elisa Money only gave up one point to Haverford’s Sarah Madigan, winning her matches 11-0, 11-1 and 11-0.

Mary Fung-A-Fat, Fiona Power, Laura, Rahauser, Abigail Kaplan and Maria Diagama, and Apoorva Addepalli all continued the Drexel winning streak in the four, five, six, seven, eight and nine spots.

The Drexel women also swept the No. 18 Bowdoin Polar Bears, 9-0.

Hughes, Morgan and Money opened for the Dragons in the first, second and third positions respectively. They began the winning trend for the competition, each winning in three games.

The rest of the team would follow, not dropping a match for the remainder of the competition.

The women fell to the No. 3 ranked Quakers, dropping their first match of the season. The Dragons suffered a tough loss, losing 9-0.

The women put in a good effort but could not win a single game against their Penn opponents.

The men’s and women’s teams faced off against the No.8/No.4 Princeton University Tigers Dec. 1 at the Kline & Specter Squash Center, resulting in a split.

The men were able to pull off a narrow 5-4 victory over the Tigers.

With his team trailing 3-4, junior Michael Thompson was able to pull off a win from his No. 5 spot and tie up the match 4-4. From there, it came down to the No. 1 matchup and freshman  Omar El Atmas found the fate of the Dragons in his hands. After many powerful trades, El Atmas emerged victorious over Princeton’s Cody Cortes, bringing the Dragons with him.

The same could not be said for the women’s team, who fell to the Tigers 0-9. Hughes, Morgan and Money each fell to 4-2 individually on the campaign.
The teams will next compete Dec. 6 at home at the Kline & Specter against Williams College.