New Haven, CT — The 2016 Men’s College Squash Association National Team Championships had great team and individual performances. In this special edition of the Harrow Sports College Squash Player of the Week, we recognize a player from each division of the tournament.
Potter Cup (A Division) – Kah Wah Cheong (Yale) and Tomotaka Endo (Rochester): In a contentious team match, the Potter Cup and national team title came down to #4 match between Yale’s Kah Wah Cheong and Rochester’s Tomotaka Endo. Despite intense crowd reaction to the points throughout the match, both players remained calm. In the end, Cheong won the match in four games (11-9, 9-11, 15-13, and 11-8). Upon winning the final point, Cheong raised his racquet to thank both the Yale and Rochester crowds. He and Endo shook hands and patted each other on the back.
Hoehn Cup (B Division) – Atticus Kelly (Drexel University): To claim their first Hoehn Cup, Drexel had to overcome Cornell. To do this, the Dragons needed a solid first flight of matches. Kelly, Drexel’s #3, helped the Dragons by capturing a tight three-game match over the Big Red’s Perry Hanson (11-5, 12-10, and 11-8). Drexel went on to capture the match, 5-4. In the Hoehn Cup, Kelly also had a five-game victory over Brown’s Alex Baldock and a four-game win against Princeton’s Vivek Dinodia.
Summers Cup (C Division) – Darrius Campbell (Bates College): At the #3 position, Bates’ Darrius Campbell defeated William’s John Shuck in four games (11-6, 12-14, 14-12, and 11-6) to assist Bates in capturing their first Summers Cup since the 2007 – 2008 season. At the tournament, Campbell, a junior, also earned a victory over Hobart’s Felipe Pantle.
Conroy Cup (D Division – Stefan Houbtchev (Western Ontario): In the Conroy Cup final, Western Ontario’s 5-4 victory over Dickinson was hard fought. In the match at the #2 position, Western Ontario’s Stefan Houbtchev topped Dickinson’s Brian Hamilton in five games (11-9, 11-3, 4-11, 6-11, and 11-5). Houbtchev’s victory helped the Mustangs clinch the team victory in the second flight of matches.
Chaffee Cup (E Division) – Brett Raskopf (Tufts University): In winning the Chaffee Cup, Tufts earned its most victories in a single season, 14, in team history. In the finals, Tufts faced Conn College, a team that they split matches with during the regular season. At the #6 position, freshman Raskopf earned a victory over Conn’s Santiago Moran. In the three-game match, two of the three games required extra points (11-6, 13-11, and 12-10). The Jumbos finished the Chaffee Cup with a 5-4 victory over Conn College.
Serues Cup (F Division) – Evan Jacobson (Northeastern University): Jacobson, a junior, helped Northeastern march through the Serues Cup bracket. In the opening round, he had a four-game victory over Bard’s Ayateru Maeda (11-6, 12-10, 7-11, and 11-7). In the semifinal, he defeated Miami’s Ben Roth (11-8, 11-7, and 14-12), before helping the Huskies to the Serues Cup crown with a three-game victory over Boston University’s Parker Tonissi.
Hawthorn Cup (G Division) – Ryan Wetsman (Colgate University): Wetsman, a freshman for Colgate, assisted the Raiders in winning the Hawthorn Cup with a five-game victory in the final against Northwestern’s #3, Michael Leonard (11-8, 11-7, 10-12, 4-11, and11-7). He also had victories over Penn State and Notre Dame in the tournament.
H Division – David Lau (Duke University): As Duke’s #3 and #4 player, Lau helped the Blue Devils win the H Division at the 2016 Men’s College Squash Association National Team Championship. In the opening round, he defeated Oregon’s Gordon Reed (11-7, 11-4, and 11-5). In the semifinals, he beat Cal’s Samridh Saluja (11-5, 11-8, and 11-1), and in the finals, he earned a five-game victory over Vanderbilt’s James Michaelis (5-11, 11-0, 6-11, 11-3, and 11-1).