MIT A, KMC Mangalore shine in MAHE Inter-Collegiate Squash Tournament
MANIPAL: Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) hosted its annual Inter-Collegiate Squash Tournament on Saturday, September 29 at the Marena Sports Complex, Manipal.
The competition was played in the knockout format, which meant that the loser from each round was immediately eliminated. A total of 10 teams participated in the men’s category, while six teams from Manipal and Mangalore took part in the women’s category.
In the women’s event, Kasturba Medical College (KMC) Mangalore was successful in executing their game plan with accurate service and an attacking style of play. The team was well-led by captain, Muskaan Arora and team-mate Anika. KMC Mangalore, in the initial round beat School of Allied Health Sciences (SOAHS) in straight sets.
KMC Mangalore met KMC Manipal in the finals, who in their first round were given an advantageous bye. KMC Manipal backed it up by winning 2-1 against Manipal College of Dental Sciences (MCODS) in the semi-finals.
The finals yet again produced top-quality squash credited to KMC Mangalore. The duo of Anika and Muskaan had a tight grip on the opponent, with accurate corner shots and an attacking approach. KMC Mangalore cruised to a 2-1 victory in the finals.
In the men’s category, Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) A successfully defended their squash title, playing with immaculate accuracy and strength. The team faced SOAHS in the first round and beat the side 3-0 in straight sets. Captain Soumik Banerjee led by example as he won the first game of the round 11-1, 11-0, 11-1. Banerjee had his opponent in grip with some delicate boast shots and tricky corner shots.
MIT A faced Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration (WGSHA) in the semi-final of the tournament. This match proved to be a nail biting encounter as both teams played an extraordinary level of squash. WGSHA captain, Taksh Bhojwani, kept his team in the hunt as he won the second game of the round 11-6, 11-0, 11-3. However, MIT’s true resilience was shown in the third game of the round as Mayank Shet made a comeback, playing some top-level squash with ethereal skill. Despite losing two games in the set, he maintained calm and played to his strength. He dominated the front yard of the court and put his opponent searching for ways to score from the corner. His win in the third round helped the team secure a 3-2 set victory.
The final saw both A and B teams from MIT. MIT B was given a bye in their first round. This meant that a victory in the second round against MCODS would help book their seat in the semi-finals. MIT B played with great composure beating both MCODS and KMC Mangalore, owing to the performances of Harsh Vardhan Agarwal and Anhad Singh Bajaj.
The two teams A and B faced each other in the finals of the competition. MIT A started the set with calculative placement in their shots, tiring their opponents in all corners of the court. MIT A won all five games in the round and emerged victorious in the tournament. Captain Soumik Banerjee, once again played to his strengths and won the final round 11-4, 11-4, 11-3.
Soumik, a final year B.Tech student, remarked “It was a well organised tournament. I believe the competition can be even better with more teams participating. I am delighted by the way our team played. I couldn’t ask for anything more in my fourth year.”
Faculty of Architecture (FOA) Director, Dr Rupa Kala Shetty commended the organising committee of the MAHE Inter-Collegiate Tournaments. She also thanked the students for their participation and applauded the great sportsmanship portrayed throughout the tournament.
Featured Image Courtesy: Shubh Mukherji
Edited by: Tarush Dhume