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Around the Courts: College Squash Weekend Highlights (1/17/2010)

Northampton, MA — The college squash season is back in full swing. The majority of the 65-plus men’s and women’s matches this weekend were played in Connecticut at Trinity, Wesleyan, and Yale.

Hobart, the 29th-ranked men’s squad, had a challenging weekend facing Colby (20th), Conn (25th), and Wesleyan (27th). They lost 4-5 to both Colby and Conn College; however, they earned a 5-4 victory over Wesleyan.

On Friday, Trinity College hosted Cornell. The men earned a 9-0 victory, while the women earned a 8-1 victory.  On Sunday, the Trinity women also shutout Stanford and Bates.

Mount Holyoke, currently the 11th-ranked women’s team, faced a slew of top squads at Yale. They lost to highly ranked Cornell and Yale, but shutout 15th-ranked Bowdoin.  Yale’s women defeated Cornell 7-2 and Stanford 6-3.  By defeating the 5th- and 6th-ranked teams in the nation, the 4th-ranked Bulldogs appear to have solidified their ranking. The Yale men also defeated Cornell.

Outside of Connecticut, Williams College opened the weekend with matches against Penn.  Penn’s women cruised to a 9-0 victory. In the number 1 match, first year player Nabilla Ariffin defeated third-ranked Toby Eyre 3-1.  Ariffin is currently ranked 24th in the latest individual rankings.  For the men, it was a tight match. The Quakers won three five-game matches to escape with a 5-4 victory.  Both Penn squads defeated Amherst to close the weekend.

For complete results from all of this weekend’s action, see Women’s Results and Men’s Results.

Next weekend, the New England college squash scene moves north to Western Massachusetts.  The annual Smith/Mount Holyoke Invitational will be held in Northampton and South Hadley.  In addition, nearby Amherst College will also be hosting a number of teams.  CollegeSquashAssociation.com will be covering all of the action next weekend.