No. 21 men's squash advances to Summers Cup consolation final with 9-0 win over No. 24 Tufts

Senior captain Coley Cannon swept his opponent for the second straight day to help Bates defeat Tufts in the Summers Cup consolation semifinals on Friday, Feb. 16, 2019. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The No. 21 nationally ranked Bates men's squash team rolled to a 9-0 win over No. 24 Tufts Saturday morning in the Summers Cup consolation semifinals at Yale University. 

Bates (10-9) advances to play No. 22 Amherst in the consolation final Sunday at 8:30 am. The winner of that match will earn the #21 national ranking and the loser will take #22. Sunday's match will take place at Chelsea Piers in Stamford, Conn.

Bates swept six of the nine matches against Tufts on Saturday, with junior Graham Bonnell (Southport, Conn.) winning 3-0 (13-11, 11-4, 11-4) over Konrad Ladow at the No. 1 position. Sophomore Omar Attia (Cairo, Egypt), first-year Jesper Phillips (Moss, Norway) and senior captain Coley Cannon (Greenwich, Conn.) swept their opponents at the No. 3-5 positions respectively. Attia took down Alan Lipman 3-0 (11-7, 12-10, 12-10), Phillips handled Dillon O'Shea 3-0 (11-5, 11-7, 11-2) and Cannon earned a sweep for the second straight day, winning 3-0 (11-9, 11-5, 11-5) over Connor Wind. 

Bates also swept a pair of matches at the bottom of the ladder. Sophomore Dylan Muldoon (Devonshire, Bermuda) turned in an impressive performance with a 3-0 (11-5, 11-2, 11-7) win over Salik Awan at the No. 8 position and first-year Peter Koenigsbauer (Seattle, Wash.) took advantage of his opportunity at the No. 9 position with a 3-0 (11-6, 11-6, 13-11) win over Aryaman Pandya.

Meanwhile, junior Mahmoud Yousry (Cairo, Egypt) won an epic first game and held off Marco Rodriguez 3-1 (17-15, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8) at the No. 2 position and junior Benni McComish (Williamstown, Mass.) defeated Aidan Porges in a tight match by a count of 3-1 (11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6) at the No. 7 position. 

Senior captain McLeod Abbott (Bronxville, N.Y.) won the closest match of the morning, rallying from down two games to one to prevail 3-2 (11-4, 10-12, 9-11, 11-4, 11-5) over Brett Raskopf at the No. 6 position. 

The Bates men have not lost to Tufts nor Amherst during Pat Cosquer's '97 time as the head coach. The Bobcats look to maintain that success against the Mammoths on Sunday. 

No. 21 Bates 9, No. 24 Tufts 0 (Summers Cup consolation semifinals)
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 at Yale University (New Haven, Conn.)

1. Graham Bonnell (B) def. Konrad Ladow (T) 13-11, 11-4, 11-4 
2. Mahmoud Yousry (B) def. Marco Rodriguez (T) 17-15, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8 
3. Omar Attia (B) def. Alan Lipman (T) 11-7, 12-10, 12-10
4. Jesper Phillips (B) def. Dillon O'Shea (T) 11-5, 11-7, 11-2 
5. Coley Cannon (B) def. Connor Wind (T) 11-9, 11-5, 11-5
6. McLeod Abbott (B) def. Brett Raskopf (T) 11-4, 10-12, 9-11, 11-4, 11-5 
7. Benni McComish (B) def. Aidan Porges (T) 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6 
8. Dylan Muldoon (B) def. Salik Awan (T) 11-5, 11-2, 11-7  
9. Peter Koenigsbauer (B) def. Aryaman Pandya (T) 11-6, 11-6, 13-11