Around the Courts: College Squash Highlights (2/5/2012)


College Squash AssociationNorthampton, MA — This was an exciting weekend of college squash with the NESCAC Championships, the Seven Sisters tournament, and a number of upsets.

On Wednesday, Princeton’s men visited Trinity. The Bantams defended their #2 ranking position with a 7-2 win, which included a 5-game victory at the #1 position by Vikram Malhotra over Princeton’s Todd Harrity (9-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-4, and 11-9).  Princeton returned to New Jersey to host top-ranked Yale on Saturday. The Tigers staked their claim on the Ivy League title by defeating the Bulldogs 8-1. There will be a new top-ranked team in the men’s ranking this week. The Yale women defeated Princeton.

The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championships were held at Trinity and Wesleyan this weekend. In men’s action, the upsets came in the first round. Wesleyan avenged a recent loss to Hamilton with a 6-3 victory. Conn College, seeded 10th, defeated #7 seed Colby 5-4.  Williams faced Trinity in the finals, but the Bantams proved too much, winning 9-0.

In women’s action, all the seedings remained intact.  Bates reached its first NESCAC finals. The Bobcats faced Trinity. The Bantams captured the match 9-0. will have photos and videos from the NESCAC Squash Championships in the coming days.

Mount Holyoke captured its sixth-straight Seven Sisters crown this weekend.  The Lyons went 3-0 with victories over Vassar, Smith, and Wellesley. Wellesley and Smith battled for second. Despite the 7-2 score, the match was extremely close. In the end, Wellesley won.

On Saturday, the Naval Academy defeated Western Ontario for the first time in program history. This win may significantly change the seeding for the Hoehn Cup (B division) at the Men’s National Team Championships.

On Sunday, the Penn women narrowly lost to Yale 4-5.  Penn defeated Stanford and Brown on the weekend. The Penn men defeated Brown, but lost to Yale.

Coaches and Team Contacts, please remember to enter your team’s results in the US Squash Scoring System on the day of each match. Each player must be named in the results (“Not on Roster” entries will not be tolerated) or penalties may be applied.

Coaches, Team Contacts, and SIDs may nominate players to be the Harrow Sports College Squash Player of the Week by contacting Michael T. Bello. Nominations are due each Monday by 6 PM ET.

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