As the second half of the college squash season continues, teams jockey for position this weekend with only one month until the beginning of the college team nationals.
The No. 6-ranked University of Rochester men’s team will host two important home matches, facing No. 4 Columbia on Saturday and No. 8 Yale on Sunday. Columbia narrowly defeated Rochester last season 5-4 in a match where Rochester couldn’t convert several match points that would have changed the overall result. Yale and Rochester have developed a dramatic rivalry over the past decade, including Yale’s 5-4 win to capture the 2016 national championship.
Trinity will host the University of Pennsylvania for men’s and women’s teams on Saturday. The No. 1-ranked Trinity men will look to stay undefeated against No. 5 Penn, who have recently posted wins over other top-eight teams Rochester and Yale. The No. 5 Penn and No. 2 Trinity women aim to bounce back from tight losses last week against Yale and Princeton, respectively.
In other top-five women’s action, No. 4 Stanford will take on top-ranked Harvard on Sunday as one of four matches over two days. The Cardinals will also play Cornell, Williams, and Dartmouth.
Amherst and Smith will host a large set of teams for round robin play Friday through Sunday. One of the highlight matches will be No. 17 Dickinson women looking to upset No. 16 Amherst, a team that Dickinson has never beaten in the short history of its varsity program. On the men’s side in the round robin, the Naval Academy (No. 13) has a busy weekend as it defends its ranking position against Williams, Amherst, and Dickinson, while also traveling to top-ranked Trinity.
Live Scoring will be available for many matches during the weekend on Club Locker.