The Hobart College squash team upset top-seeded Tufts 5-4 to win the Conroy Cup in the D Division of the College Squash Association Team Championships this morning.
The Statesmen, ranked No. 26 in the most recent CSA rankings and the No. 2 seed in the CSA D Division, improved to 13-18 overall, and avenged a 5-4 loss to No. 25 Tufts earlier this season in the 2012 Amherst/Mt. Holyoke/Smith Round Robin. Hobart defeated Colgate 8-1 in the first round, and edged Northeastern 5-4 yesterday to earn its spot in the final.
After the first three matches this morning, the Statesmen were down 2-1. Sophomore William Boyle posted the first win for Hobart, topping his Jumbo opponent 11-5, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9 at No. 6. First-year McGee O’Neil fell in four games at No. 3 and first-year Cesar Peraltafell in three at No. 9.
At No. 5, senior Kevin Kent lost his first game 8-11, but rallied to win 11-9, 15-13, 11-9. Junior Daniel Pelaez secured a win in four games at No. 2. His victory changed the tone of the entire match for the Statesmen. He defeated Alex Nalle 11-9, 6-11, 11-7, 11-7. Nalle had swept Pelaez in three games last time the Statesmen and Tufts met this season. Senior Willis Stephens was down two games, rallied to tie it up at 2, but was edged in the final match (11-7, 11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 12-10). After six matches, the overall score was tied, 3-3.
Junior Edgardo Gonzalez notched a four-game win at No. 4. He defeated his Tufts opponent 12-10, 11-3, 10-12, 11-9. Senior Corey Kabot, who was battling an injury from yesterday’s match, lost at the top spot. The overall score was tied again this time at 4-4. Senior Grant Bercari clinched the win for Hobart with a 3-1 victory at No. 7. He came out on top 11-8, 11-2, 7-11, 11-8.
This was the third year in a row that the Statesmen advanced to the Conroy Cup final, but in the previous two years, Hobart was edged by their opponent.