Around the Courts: College Squash Highlights (1/19/2014)

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College Squash AssociationNorthampton, MA — It was another busy week of college squash, which culminated with the Pioneer Valley Invitational.

On Monday, Trinity hosted Cornell. Both Bantam squads defeated the Big Red.

Amherst drove up to Middlebury for a Tuesday match. Both Jeffs teams lost, 1-8. Also in Maine, Bowdoin hosted Wesleyan. The teams split matches, with the Wesleyan men and the Bowdoin women earning victories.

Hamilton travelled to Maine to face Bates. The Bobcats earned victories over the Continentals. Dartmouth visited Trinity on Wednesday. Both Big Green teams were shu tout. The Hobart men wrapped up their California training trip with a match at Stanford. The Statesmen’s work paid off and they captured the match, 7-2.  In Maryland, Navy blanked the George Washington men’s team.

Thursday’s sole match was between the Denison men and Lehigh. The Big Red defeated the Mountain Hawks, 6-3.

On Friday, Brown edged the Bates women, 5-4, while the Bobcat men defeated the Bears, 8-1.

The Pioneer Valley Invitational began play on Friday. The courts at Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Smith were a flutter through a snowy weekend.  With over 45 matches played, results are still being reported. Notable matches included 12th-ranked George Washington women defeating 11th-ranked Bates, 8-1. The 16th-ranked Hamilton women defeated 13th-ranked Franklin & Marshall, 5-4. The 24th-ranked Colby men edged 23rd-ranked Hamilton, 6-3. Amherst, the 22nd-ranked men’s team, earned a 5-4 victory over 20th-ranked George Washington. The Haverford women took firm hold of their ranking position, 32nd, by defeating 33rd-ranked Northeastern, 7-2. As for the host schools, the Amherst men went 3-3, the Amherst women went 2-4, Mount Holyoke went 1-4, and Smith went 0-3.

Williams hosted Middlebury on Saturday. The Ephs’ men were victorious, 6-3, as were women, who won 5-4. St. Lawrence faced Cornell. In the women’s match, Cornell prevailed, 9-0, while in the men’s match, the Saints won, 5-4. In the battle of the bears, Bowdoin hosted Brown. In the women’s match, Brown won, 9-0. In the men’s match, the Polar Bears defeated the Bears, 6-3.

In a showdown between the 2nd- and 3rd-ranked women’s teams, higher ranked Trinity defeated Penn, 6-3. Trinity’s men defeated Penn, 9-0. Drexel hosted Tufts and Bucknell.  The Drexel men and women won both their matches.

Rochester hosted the Yale men. Despite winning the top three positions, the Yellowjackets fell, 3-6, to the Bulldogs.

At Yale on Sunday, both Tufts squads defeated Haverford. The Yale women shut out Tufts and Haverford.

The Notre Dame men lost to Chicago. Denison defeated the Georgetown men.

On Sunday, both Drexel squads hosted and defeated Middlebury.

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.

Schools are reminded that to qualify for the National Team Championships, a minimum number of matches must be played at specific periods of the season:

  • Varsity teams are required to play ten (10) matches against other CSA teams to enter team championships. At minimum, each team should have at least 6 different opponents. Varsity teams should play the majority of their matches against other varsity schools.
  • Club teams are required to play eight (8) matches against other CSA teams to enter team championships. In addition, club teams must play at least four (4) matches between January 1st and February 10th. At minimum, each team should have at least five (5) different opponents.

For a regular season match to officially count for ranking purposes, each team must have at least seven players. Except for Emerging Teams, matches with less than seven players per team will not count towards the required number of matches for entry into the National Team Championships.

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