The Bates squash teams are off to a phenomenal start to the 2016-17 season. After both the men’s and women’s teams dropped their opening matches against Trinity, they have gone on to win a collective 10 matches in a row.
The men’s team is currently 4-1, and have only dropped two individual matches during their four match winning streak. They shutout Connecticut College and Bowdoin 9-0, and followed up those two definitive victories with a pair of 8-1 victories over Wesleyan and Dickinson at the Wesleyan round robin this past weekend. Ahmed Hatata ‘17 and Darrius Campbell ‘17 have anchored the top of the ladder for the Bobcats, tallying a collective record of 7-2. Graham Bonnell ‘20 and Garon Rothenburg ‘20 have also made a splash in their first collegiate season, contributing steadily in the middle of the team’s lineup.
The women’s side has seen similar success. The team is sitting on a 6-1 record and are ranked 16th in the country after reeling off five consecutive victories over the past two weeks. The top of the ladder has been led by youngsters Kristyna Alexova ‘19 and Luca Polgar ‘20 who have tallied 5-2 and 6-1 personal records respectively so far this season. Molly Brooks ‘19 has not yet lost this season, putting up a perfect 7-0 record.
Both teams will break for a full month through the holidays, and will have to rally come the new year if they want to build on their early success. The squash season resumes January 7 as both teams take on Middlebury away.
CORRECTION: In an article published in the November 16 issue of The Student, a source was used without permission in discussing the character of former Bates squash player Ahmed Abdel Khalek ‘16. This piece of information was improperly published, and we regret the error. The quote has since been withdrawn from the online version of the article.