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No. 9 Virginia men’s squash beats No. 16 Navy 8-1

The Cavaliers recorded their first ever victory against the Midshipmen

<p>Junior William Braff opened for the Cavaliers in dominant fashion, winning 11-2, 11-3, 11-4 in position seven.</p>

Junior William Braff opened for the Cavaliers in dominant fashion, winning 11-2, 11-3, 11-4 in position seven.

The Virginia men’s squash team secured its fourth consecutive win of the season Wednesday night against Navy at the McArthur Squash Center in Charlottesville. The undefeated No. 9 Cavaliers (4-0) beat the No. 16 Midshipman (3-2) 8-1 in the first of their two games this week. 

Junior William Braff began the competition for the Cavaliers, facing off against freshman Thomas Rankin in position seven. Braff secured three quick victories, winning 11-2, 11-3, 11-4. 

Freshman Cullen Little followed in position six against sophomore Ben Korn. Little won his first two games 11-6 and 11-3, but Korn was able to win the third match 11-8. However, Little rallied in the fourth match to secure the 11-6 victory and another win for Virginia. 

Sophomore Patrick McElroy then faced off against freshman Millen Randell in position four, winning all three matches 11-8, 11-6, 11-5. 

Freshman Aly Hussein played the fourth game of the night, winning his match at the top of the ladder. The freshman secured three quick victories, winning 11-6, 11-2, 11-5 against his opponent junior Jack Lentz.

At position nine, freshman Peter Miller secured a close victory against freshman Joe Kacergis to take Virginia’s lead to 5-0. The first match went to an extra point, though Miller ultimately clinched a 12-10 victory. In the following two matches Miller was able to win more comfortably, 11-6, 11-4.

Freshman Teddy Durfee secured his first win at the college level with a 11-8, 11-6, 11-1 victory in position eight against sophomore Gus Prager. Freshman Omar El Torkey played in position two to secure a 11-3, 11-6, 11-9 victory against senior Michael Kacergis. The last point for the Cavaliers came from sophomore Glen Yates, who rallied after a 11-9 loss to win the last three matches 11-1, 11-4, 11-7.

Sophomore Will Holey lost the only match for the Cavaliers in position three, falling 11-8, 11-8, 11-5 to senior Owen Davis.

The Cavaliers will play No. 8 George Washington Friday at the Lerner Health and Wellness Center in their first road game of the season — a matchup that could end up determining their placement in the CSA national championships in February.

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