Other weekend highlights include the strong play from both Williams squads. The women handily defeated Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby, winning each match by a score of 9-0. The Williams men swept Colby and beat Bowdoin 8-1 but faced stiff competition from Bates. The Bobcats secured wins at 1, 3, 4, and 5, with #1 Kush Mahan and #4 Robert Burns holding on to win in 5 games. Williams controlled the bottom of the ladder, and a five-game win from #2 William Morris sealed the victory for the Ephs. With so many competitive matches, a Williams-Bates rematch could add some intrigue to the NESCAC tournament in early February.
The Dartmouth women had a less auspicious start to the new year, falling to both Yale and Trinity 0-9 on Saturday. Corey Schafer at #2 and Elizabeth Brown at #4 each won a game off their Yale opponents, and #1 Valeria Wiens pushed Trinity’s Nayelly Hernandez to five games. The Dartmouth men also lost to Yale 1-8.
Northern California wasn’t the most hospitable place for visiting teams: the Stanford men defeated Wesleyan 7-2, Conn 8-1, and Drexel 9-0, and the Stanford women swept Conn and Wesleyan. Only the Penn women came away with multiple wins, beating Wesleyan and convincingly defending their #3 ranking with a 9-0 win over sixth-ranked Stanford. The Wesleyan men also defeated Drexel 9-0.
The Amherst women traveled to Vermont, where they lost all but the top two matches to Middlebury.