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Men's squash tops Cards, falls to Ephs at NESCACs

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Bates will play for third place in the 2013 NESCAC Men's Squash Championship, after Saturday's results: a 7-2 quarterfinal victory over Wesleyan, followed by a 6-3 loss to Williams in the semifinals.

The third-seeded Bobcats will face fourth-seeded Middlebury in the conference Third Place Match on Sunday at 12 noon at Trinity; this will be the third year in a row the teams will have met in this same match.

Despite the loss, the Williams match was nonetheless an impressive showing from the freshman third of the Bobcats' starting lineup, starting with Ahmed Abdel Khalek (Cairo, Egypt), impressive 11-3, 11-7, 11-3 defeat of Kevin Chen at the No. 1 position. At No. 7, Filip Michalsky (Prague, Czech Republic) put down Ryan Eagan in four games (11-8, 11-9, 2-11, 11-6), and at No. 8, Caran Arora (Mumbai, India) took Rohan Paranjpe in four games (11-9, 11-6, 5-11, 11-7).

The loss to Williams was preceded by Bates' 7-2 defeat of Wesleyan in the quarterfinals. Joining Abdel Khalek, Michalsky and Arora as 3-0 winners on the Bobcats were senior captain Walter Cabot (Dover, Mass.) at No. 3, senior R.J. Keating (Short Hills, N.J.) at No. 4, sophomore b (Greenwich, Conn.) at No. 5 and sophomore Nabil Saleem (Alpharetta, Ga.) at No. 6.

Bates College 7, Wesleyan University 2
Feb 02, 2013 at Hartford, Conn. (Ferris Athletic Center)

1. Ahmed Abdel Khalek (BAT) def. Steele (WES) 11-6, 11-2, 11-5
2. Davidson (WES) def. Kristian Muldoon (BAT) 10-12, 8-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-7
3. Walter Cabot (BAT) def. Delalio (WES) 11-6, 12-10, 12-10
4. RJ Keating (BAT) def. Sneed (WES) 11-6, 11-9, 11-8
5. Andy Cannon (BAT) def. Nassikas (WES) 12-10, 11-9, 11-6
6. Nabil Saleem (BAT) def. Moritz (WES) 12-10, 11-5, 11-8
7. Filip Michalsky (BAT) def. Logan (WES) 11-8, 11-2, 11-2
8. Caran Arora (BAT) def. Corbin (WES) 11-5, 11-8, 11-0
9. Berman (WES) def. Jason Shrubb (BAT) 12-10, 8-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-7

Williams College 6, Bates College 3
Feb 02, 2013 at Hartford, Conn. (Ferris Athletic Center)

1. Ahmed Abdel Khalek (BAT) def. Kevin Chen (WIL) 11-3, 11-7, 11-3
2. Nick Marks (WIL) def. Kristian Muldoon (BAT) 10-12, 12-10, 11-6, 11-6
3. Taylor Foehl (WIL) def. Walter Cabot (BAT) 11-8, 11-7, 11-8
4. Alec Greaves-Tunnell (WIL) def. RJ Keating (BAT) 11-6, 7-11, 11-3, 11-7
5. Michael Petrick (WIL) def. Andy Cannon (BAT) 12-10, 11-8, 7-11, 11-5
6. Jack Ervasti (WIL) def. Nabil Saleem (BAT) 17-15, 11-8, 11-7
7. Filip Michalsky (BAT) def. Ryan Eagan (WIL) 11-8, 11-9, 2-11, 11-6
8. Caran Arora (BAT) def. Rohan Paranjpe (WIL) 11-9, 11-6, 5-11, 11-7
9. Andy Maruca (WIL) def. Jason Shrubb (BAT) 11-5, 11-3, 11-7