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Men's Squash Sweeps Drexel, Prepares For Top-5 Rival Rochester Saturday

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 12/03/2013
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Michael LeBlanc pulled out a 3-2 win over Drexel Tuesday evening.
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer
The Princeton men's squash team improved to 2-1 with a hard-fought 9-0 sweep of Drexel at the Kline & Specter Squash Center Tuesday night. The win will help send the Tigers into Saturday's showdown at No. 5 Rochester.

While the final team score was a decisive one, there were several tense individual matches throughout the evening. Sophomore Michael LeBlanc had the longest evening of all, but he held off Joseph Gingold 11-4 in the fifth game to take a 3-2 win at No. 7.

The All-America duo of Samuel Kang and Tyler Osborne both received a bit of a scare at the top two spots, but both pushed through to win in four games. Kang defeated Ibrahim Bakir 11-7 and 11-2 in the final two games, while Osborne topped Justin Singh 11-7 and 11-9.

"This was a very solid result against a good team," said first-year head coach Sean Wilkinson, a Drexel assistant last season. "We have a big challenge awaiting us this weekend, so it was good to earn a quality win tonight."

Freshman Manik Datta remained perfect at the No. 9 spot with a 3-1 win over Nathaniel Fry.

Princeton will take on Rochester Saturday at noon.

PRINCETON 9, DREXEL 0
1 - Samuel Kang d. Ibrahim Bakir 10,(8),7,2
2 - Tyler Osborne d. Justin Singh 5,(8),7,9
3 - Dylan Ward d. Michael Thompson 10,10,8
4 - Taylor Tutrone d. Mark Lindsay 7,5,10
5 - Sam Ezratty d. Sebastian Dangond 8,9,9
6 - Vivek Dinodia d. Noel Solomon 4,4,4
7 - Michael LeBlanc d. Joseph Gingold 5,(7),1,(8),4
8 - Ash Egan d. Ben Bevan 4,2,6
9 - Manik Datta d. Nathaniel Fry 9,(4),6,2

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